THE BENEFITS OF VITAMIN D

Article By Matt Nailor

An often overlooked and underrated nutrient, which can in actual fact have a huge impact on health and gym, related performance.

Vitamin D has a wide range of functions within the body, these include ensuring optimum bone and muscle health as well as reducing inflammation.

Benefits of Vitamin D:

  1. Bone Strength

Vitamin D is a stimulator of calcium in bones making them stronger and healthier. An insufficient intake of vitamin D, calcium deposition slows, eventually causing calcium to be drawn from the bones into the bloodstream. Continuous withdrawal will weaken bones over time.

  1. Improved Muscle Function

A deficiency in vitamin D is heavily associated with muscular atrophy (a decline in strength and size of muscle fibers).

  1. Heart Health

A sufficient amount of vitamin D can help to reduce risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and heart failure.

  1. DiabetesVitamin D can play a vital role in reducing your risk of type 2 diabetes.
    Observations have shown improvements in beta cell function, insulin sensitivity and inflammation. Recent studied show that having higher levels of vitamin D have a 38% lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
  1. CancerResearch suggests sufficient levels of vitamin D in adults can greatly reduce the risk of many types of cancer, including: colon, breast, ovarian and prostate.
    This is largely due to vitamin D being a potent inhibitor of cancer cell growth, helping to reduce the spread of cancer from one organ to another.

Sources of Vitamin D (other than the sun)

  • Oily Fish
  • Fungi
  • Eggs
  • Fortified Foods (Bread, Cereal, Milk)
  • Plants
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