Vitamin D and Stroke
The general consensus about Vitamin D is the observational and epidemiological studies are numerous and showing impressive results, however, the role of Vitamin D supplementation warrants well-developed, large, randomized, double-blind studies first, before cementing its place in western medicine. Don't hold your breath waiting for these studies as there's no financial rewards proving the need to normalize Vitamin D levels. Moreover, the statins would probably go the way of the dinosaur if pitted in a trial against Vitamin D. In fact, statins may be affording their slight benefit because thay activate Vitamin D receptors and in some studies involving atorvastatin (Lipitor) and rosuvastatin (Crestor) Vitamin D levels go up in patients taking these statins. This latter finding is quite intriguing but that's another story for another day.