We all know that taking a multivitamin is a quick and easy way to top up nutrients that help prevent disease. And we know that stiff arteries, or arteriosclerosis, might increase risks of having a heart attack. But a 2017 study wanted to find out if taking certain vitamins – vitamins A, B12, C, D, E and K – might be an inexpensive way to actually “de-stiffen” arteries and reduce cardiovascular disease.
This study states that there is a worldwide trend toward nutrient deficiency due to the aging population that experiences reduced digestion and kidney function. It also says that improved standards of living have changed nutrition, not always for the better, and increased heart disease. Since diet can accelerate or slow cardiovascular problems, these researchers wanted to find an easy-to-implement answer to the nutrition problem.
After analyzing the research, this team found that within a multivitamin supplement, each vitamin offered different benefits: vitamins A, C, D, and E improved functioning of the arteries’ skin-like walls; vitamins A, B12, C, D, and K improved metabolic functions of the cardiovascular system; vitamin D reduced hormones that increase blood pressure; vitamins A, D, E, and K were anti-inflammatories, vitamins A, C, and E had antioxidant effects, vitamin B12 reduced homocysteine, an amino acid that can increase inflammation and arteriosclerosis, and vitamin K helped reduce plaque in arteries. Therefore, taking a multivitamin may, indeed, help prevent arteriosclerosis (stiffening of arteries) and atherosclerosis (clogging within arteries).
(Mozos I, Stoian D, Luca CT, “Crosstalk between Vitamins A, B12, D, K, C, and E Status and Arterial Stiffness”, Dis Markers. 2017;2017:8784971. doi: 10.1155/2017/8784971)