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Athletes. You Must Not Forget Vitamin D

Vitamin D3 is essential for peak performance.

It promotes bone, muscle and heart health while strengthening the body’s immune system, reducing inflammation, and improving metabolism.

In fact, the most recent research proves that optimal vitamin D levels are strongly linked to improved sports performance and lower injury rates among competitive athletes.

Are you deficient in vitamin D3?

study presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons found that only 25% of Division I college athletes had optimal vitamin D3 levels. That means 75% were deficient.
At Core 4 Nutrition, we’ve been assessing the vitamin D3 levels of hundreds of non-collegiate athletes for the past five years. And only 10% of those tested have had an optimal level of vitamin D!  

An optimal level of Vitamin D3 will:

Boost Endurance
Studies have shown that vitamin D3 can increase maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max), an indicator for endurance capacity.

Enhance Muscular Recovery
In order to train for long periods of time, you must be able to recover quickly. Studies have found that vitamin D3 helps muscles recover faster—and more completely.  

Increase Muscle Force
Research has suggested that vitamin D3 supplementation will lead to increased power output in vitamin D deficient individuals.  

Improve Balance 
Vitamin D3 is involved with balance—the ability to maintain a vertical center line with minimal postural sway. Recent research has shown that those with optimal levels of vitamin D (55 ng/ml) had significantly better balance than their vitamin D deficient counterparts.

Reduce the Risk of Stress Fractures
In a recent study, researchers analyzed the vitamin D3 status of 124 patients with confirmed stress fractures. Eighty-three percent of the patients with stress fractures had low levels of vitamin D, measuring 40 ng/ml or below.

This study correlates with an earlier study of 600 female Navy recruits who were found to have a twice the risk of stress fractures of the tibia and fibula with a vitamin D3 level of less than 20 ng/ml compared to those with concentrations above 40 ng/ml.

Based on these findings, Dr. Jason Miller, a foot and ankle surgeon from Premier Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in Pennsylvania, recommends that all athletes (especially those participating in higher-impact sports) maintain a vitamin D3 level of at least 40 ng/ml. 

It’s time to take action!

1.  Assess your vitamin D3 level. 

Consult with your health practitioner, or order our convenient, at-homevitamin D3 assessment. Ideally, your result should confirm a vitamin D3 level between 50 and 60 ng/ml.

2. Boost your body’s ability to produce vitamin D.

If possible, get 20 to 30 minutes of regular, full-body and mid-day sun exposure a couple of times each week. The use of a sun exposure meter can help you determine your personal rate of exposure. A simple device like this (available on Amazon for $5.00) will do the trick.

When you can't enough sun, supplement with RemeD—our highly-effective, sublingual spray. Use one spray per 30 pounds of body weight in conjunction with vitamin K. I recommend this formula from the Life Extension Foundation.

3. Re-assess your vitamin D3 level. 

After three or four months, check your level again. Remember, you level will naturally be higher in late summer and early fall; it will reach its lowest point during the winter months.

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