Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin found in certain foods and also functions within the body in response to the skin’s exposure to sun (specifically ultraviolet-B rays). Those who have little exposure to direct sunlight are more susceptible to Vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D is most commonly known for its ability to improve the maintenance of bones, teeth, and joints. Vitamin D is available in two forms; D2 and D3. It has been shown that Vitamin D3 appears to be more than three times as effective as vitamin D2. Our Vitamin D3 is a highly available liquid form of this powerful vitamin. Recent research has shown Vitamin D to be a powerful immune stimulant and has been suggested to be a much more powerful tool in combating illnesses and viruses than Vitamin C. As it can take a number of months for Vitamin D to accumulate within the body it is suggested that you should begin supplementing with it in autumn to help combat seasonal illnesses associated with the winter. From an athletic perspective, sufficient levels of Vitamin D can have a number of performance boosting benefits. Vitamin D has been shown to reduce inflammation in body tissues, often associated with overtraining and intense exercise, which may help athletes, recover quicker from exercise. There is also some evidence to suggest Vitamin D levels are associated with the maintenance of power and strength by potentially increasing the size and number of fast twitch fibres. Since deficiency can be associated with stress fractures, chronic musculoskeletal pain, weakened immune function, and inflammation, it is important that athletes seriously consider Vitamin D supplementation. To maintain adequate vitamin D levels, some studies suggest athletes should aim to consume over 2000iu per day.
- Contributes to normal bone and muscle function
- Contributes to normal immune function
- Contributes to normal calcium levels