Does vitamin D improve circulation?

Find out if vitamin D can support good blood circulation



S.A.C. Dip (Diet, Exercise & Fitness), Advanced Human Anatomy & Physiology Level 3
@ActiveLouise
Ask Louise


15 April 2021

Does vitamin D improve circulation?

Increasing vitamin D intake can improve circulation as vitamin D deficiency has been associated with cardiovascular problems such as high blood pressure, strokes and heart attacks. (1) Vitamin D may also improve the heart's pumping function and therefore support people already experiencing heart issues. (2)

How does vitamin D improve circulation?

So, vitamin D has been shown to improve circulation. This has been connected to the fact that vitamin D has anti-inflammatory properties. (3) Vitamin D may also have a part to play in keeping blood vessels and arteries relaxed. (4)

On top of this, we know that vitamin D helps to strengthen cells and blood vessels, plus it reduces levels of particular hormone (angiotensin) which contributes to higher blood pressure and inflammation.

Low levels of vitamin D can be caused by poor lifestyle habits, such as not spending enough time outside and eating a low quantity of fresh, nutrient-rich food. These issues themselves are also risk factors for CVD, thus showing how the two often go hand-in-hand.

What is vitamin D?

Vitamin D is classed as a 'pro-hormone' and can be manufactured when the skin is exposed to sun light. Only around 10% of vitamin D intake comes from diet, with a few foods such as oily fish, eggs and mushrooms providing a top up. Therefore, spending time outside, either through exercise or just in your leisure time, is the most efficient way to improve your vitamin D levels.

In the winter time when sun light is less readily available, the NHS recommends using a gentle supplement to increase your intake. Aim for a product with 10 micrograms if you are taking it over a few winter months. Although many supplements will contain much more vitamin D than this, taking too much can be problematic. The human body stores vitamin D – it's a fat-soluble vitamin – rather than releasing any it doesn't need, so taking too much vitamin D can cause excess calcium levels in the body and contribute to unpleasant symptoms. (5) Ironically, some of these symptoms involve the heart and circulatory system, which highlights the need to take a sensible dose of vitamin D rather than assuming that more is better.

Check your local health food store for a suitable vitamin D supplement or try Balance Mineral Drink for a simple, tasty top up.


Balance Mineral Drink


  • Contains 200iu of vitamin D3 per sachet
  • Easily absorbed essential nutrients
  • Helps release energy and reduces tiredness and fatigue
  • Supports normal muscle function and bone maintenance
  • Provides magnesium, zinc, calcium, potassium and vitamin D
  • "Pleasant taste for some of your daily minerals"

Read more customer reviews

Want a better night's sleep? Get your FREE 6-day personalised sleep programme now

Simply answer 2 quick questions to receive personalised sleep tips straight to your email inbox.

Join Now

Ginkgo biloba drops & tablets

50ml

£ 10.85

find your local stockist

Fresh Ginkgo leaves extract. Also available in 100ml size and tablets.
More info

What's being asked

What causes poor circulation?

There are a number of reasons for poor circulation such as age, general health, hereditary factors ...
Read more >

What can I do to ease the symptoms of varicose veins?

The seeds of horse chestnut have been used for ages to treat varicose veins. Horse chestnut seeds ...
Read more >

What can I do to improve my memory?

A good diet, full of wholegrains, vegetables, pulses, seeds, nuts and dried fruit, will provide the ...
Read more >

How well is your memory working?

Quick and simple tests to assess how well your working memory, short-term memory and long-term memory are working.

Take the test

Circulatory health

The circulatory system - what is it, what happens when things go wrong, how to treat problems and common signs of poor circulation.

Learn more

Healthy & nutritious dinner ideas

Get new recipes in your inbox every week. Sign up now

Are you at risk of catching the super-cold?


     Receive healthy recipes from A.Vogel      every month.

tip

Receive healthy recipes from A.Vogel every month

Sign up now