Vitamin D: An Essential Nutrient that can Increase Muscle Strength
First identified as a vitamin early in the 20th century and now consumed as an essential dietary supplement; the properties of Vitamin D have multiple benefits for good health.
Are you getting enough of this essential nutrient?
Known as the ‘sunshine vitamin’, one of the main sources of Vitamin D comes from the sun. As UVB rays hit the cholesterol in our skin cells, the energy for Vitamin D synthesis is naturally generated.
Playing an important role in helping to regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body, this incredible ingredient helps to keep bones, teeth and muscles healthy. A lack of Vitamin D can unfortunately lead to several bone deformities such as rickets in children and Osteomalacia in adults – a condition resulting in severe bone pain.
Did you know that people with darker skins tones and higher amounts of Melanin in their skins can need up to 6 times more sunlight to get their required amounts of Vitamin D? Those with a greater deficiency actually need up to 10 – 12 times more sunlight than the average person!
Most Vitamin D supplements come from a type of grease called wool yolk, which is made by wool-bearing animals. This essential nutrient can also be found organically in a few foods like fatty fish (for example, cod liver oil) and egg yolks.
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For those following a Vegan diet, finding a reliable source of Vitamin D can therefore prove rather difficult. At Nourished, our Vegan Vita-algae D3™ offers a reliable Vegan source of this essential nutrient. We source ours from a mixture of algae and lichen fungus species which grow in the northern most parts of Canada. You can take a look at our Vita-algae D3 here.
New Government advice from Public Health England recommends taking Vitamin D supplements
Due to our Nation’s current lifestyle during lockdown, our UK Government has recently advised that people could be depriving their body of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin D. With 80% of our Vitamin D coming from sunlight, our body’s may not be producing enough Vitamin D due to current isolation measures. Therefore, Public Health England has advised daily supplementation to help support healthy bones, teeth and muscles.As it is difficult for most people to get the recommended amount of Vitamin D from food alone, supplementing this essential nutrient is advised. At Nourished, we recommend a healthy balanced diet combined with our Vegan Vita-algae D3™ as one of the layers in your stack, in order to meet the recommended daily intake of Vitamin D.All of our ingredients at Nourished are consumed in a gummy stack, meaning they have a much higher absorption rate than standard isolated tablets, so you can have confidence in ensuring you get your recommended daily intake.
The effects of Vitamin D supplementation on muscle strength
This incredible nutrient has several attributes, with its most intriguing being the impact it has on muscle strength. In 2017, a test was conducted to identify the effects supplementing Vitamin D has on muscle strength in athletes. The main aim was to identify randomised controlled trials (RCT’s) of healthy athletes, in which a supplement was used. Varying the dosage from 400-8,500 IU per day, athletic participants aged 18-45 years were then studied from 6 weeks, to 4 months. To determine success rates of the effects of Vitamin D on muscle strength, the maximum amount of weight that can be lifted once for a specific exercise was measured in order to evaluate the strength of test subjects.