In this study, researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health and Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, analyzed medical records and blood samples from 454 men, aged 40 to 75, who had a nonfatal heart attack or fatal heart disease, and compared them to 900 men who had no history of cardiovascular disease.
Men with a vitamin D deficiency (<15>30 nanograms per milliliter of blood).
The best source of Vitamin D comes from the sun. Yes, we have to be careful about overexposure just like we must guard against overeating, overdrinking, overextending ourselves in any aspect of our lives. So don't let this deter you from getting outside to "dose up" on your critical Vitamin D levels -- just be careful if you have risk factors for sun exposure.
The next best source is your food. Deep water fish, salmon, mackrel, and sardines are excellent sources, as is dairy. No one is suggesting to drink milk with your salmon filet, but a yogurt in the morning (throw on some blueberries, too!!) combined with a dinner of salmon and perhaps a tomato basil salad, would be exceptional:
- for delicious meals
- and thus, for your Vitamin D levels
- and thus, for your heart