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Monday, August 22, 2016

Vitamin D and Muscle Strength

Having trouble hitting your stride at the gym? you may need to up your intake of Vitamin D.

A surprising study reveals that a Vitamin D deficiency could hinder athletic performance. Vitamin D plays a vital role in helping muscles release calcium, which allows them to work more efficiently when exercising.

Researchers at the University of Tulsa evaluated 100 college athletes and put them through the following paces while recording their outcomes:

  • Sprinting for speed
  • Jumping for height and distance
  • Squatting for high reps
One in three of these athletes were found to have inadequate levels of Vitamin D (determined via blood tests).

So what can you do to make sure your muscles are performing at their max and that you are not down on your "D"?

Get at least 1,500 to 2,000 IU daily of the vitamin (according to the Endocrine Society). Good sources include fatty fishes, fortified milk, and dark leafy greens. Supplements are another option if diet is not enough.

If you notice any muscle issues, such as intense pain or swelling when you work out, contact us for an appointment.

(Adapted from Men's Health)

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