Vitamin D Boosts Muscular Strength, Power, Velocity, While … – The Georgetown Dish

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A new study reports that Vitamin D effects certain genes which are involved in muscle and fat mass and function. As we age, muscle mass and strength decrease, to the point where our muscles actually become “marbled” with fat, reducing their ability to function and our ability to live independent lives, according to the National Institute on Aging. That’s because muscle mass is essential for movement, balance, and even immune function. So if we don’t strength train as older adults, we’re more likely to lose our independence and end up in nursing homes, creating a massive public health burden, according to the study pubished in the journal PLOS ONE, and partly funded by the National Institutes of Health.

That said, we’ve known for years, and I’ve written about, the importance of working out, protein, and eating an anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidative diet filled with substances like polyphenols, (found in tea, fruits & vegetables), and living a low stress life. But other factors also come into play that scientists are yet to identify, for instance. One is Vitamin D.

In the past several years, researchers are finding that Vitamin D may be instrumental in preventing diseases from colds to cancer. Even multiple sclerosis and insulin dependent diabetes. And now, Vitamin D has been found to be correlated with an increase in muscle mass. Yet the most needy population, the elderly, is usually deficient. That’s because Vitamin D is produced by being exposed to sunshine. Today, many of us don’t go outdoors and when we do we’re wearing sunscreen. That particularly pertains to the aging population.The recommendation is 1,000 IU per day but up to 4,000 is safe… Most of us will need to get that from a supplement. This is much higher than authorities at the National Academy of Sciences have been recommending for decades.

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