Vitamin D is an often-overlooked, under-consumed nutrient that plays a major role in your overall health and performance in the gym. Learn how to make sure you're getting enough so you can be on top of your game!
BENEFIT 1: STRONGER BONES
When you think of strong bones, calcium often comes to mind. Calcium is the major player when it comes to bone health and increasing bone mineral density, but don't overlook the importance of vitamin D.
BENEFIT 2: IMPROVED MUSCLE FUNCTION
Short-changing yourself when it comes to vitamin D supplementation could be interfering with your strength gains. Research published in the Iranian Journal of Public Health in 2010 reported that over 70 percent of men ages 20-29 had some level of vitamin D deficiency.4
BENEFIT 3: PROTECTION FROM CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE
BENEFIT 4: DECREASED RISK OF TYPE 2 DIABETES
BENEFIT 5: REDUCED RISK OF CANCER
Is there anything this vitamin can't do? Research suggests that sufficient vitamin D levels in adulthood may significantly reduce the risk for many types of cancer, including colon, breast, ovarian, and prostate.
Vitamin D is one of the most potent inhibitors of cancer-cell growth, and reduces the risk of cancer by increasing calcium absorption and cell differentiation, while reducing metastasis (the spread of cancer from one organ to another).