Study Confirms Calcium and Vitamin D Supplements Do Not Raise Heart Risks

Published By : 10 May 2016 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

According to a recent study by the University of Southampton, intake of calcium supplements along with vitamin D is safe for heart. Earlier it, taking calcium supplements with or without vitamin D was linked to an increased heart risk. The researchers have found no correlation between the usage of calcium supplements and occurrence of ischaemic heart disease or any adverse cardiovascular event. The study has further revealed that irrespective of a patient’s history of cardiovascular disease, intake of calcium supplements do not increase the risk of any adverse cardiac event in future. According to Nicholas C. Harvey who was part of the research team, this is the largest single study on the subject and the results provide assurance that such supplements are safe. 

Nevertheless, Heart Health Supplements Find Increased Demand from Patients

Sedentary lifestyle and change in food habits have led to the growing prevalence of heart diseases. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around 610,000 people die of heart disease in the U.S. every year. Coronary heart disease is the most common type of heart disease that kills around 370,000 Americans annually. Growing awareness about heart diseases has played a crucial role in the growth of the global heart health supplements market. Governments and regulatory authorities are also contributing towards raising awareness about heart diseases through various campaigns. All these factors have fuelled the demand for heart health supplements.

Heart health supplements such as omega-3 are high in demand as they reduce the risks associated with sudden cardiac death. According to various research studies, the long chains of polyunsaturated fatty acids in omega-3 positively affect the electrical activity of the heart and prevent the development of dangerous uncontrolled heart rhythms. Further, omega-3 is also supposed to lower the levels of blood triglyceride. While the benefits of omega-3 are highly promoted, consumers have low awareness about the role of fiber in preventing heart disease.

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