Friday, March 2, 2012

Vitamin D and muscle

I am not even going to pretend that I have read this, but I spotted it earlier today and just wanted to get it out there

It is a review article on Vitamin D, but focussing on the way in which it impacts muscle and performance.  The abstract is below and the whole thing is available as a pdf.


Vitamin D deficiency is a worldwide epidemic, with well known impacts on calcium metabolism and bone health, but increasingly recognized associations with chronic health problems such as bowel and colonic cancer, arthritis, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. In recent years in the Sports Medicine literature, there has been an increased focus on the potential impact that inadequate Vitamin D levels may have on athletic performance.

     In the early 20th Century, athletes and coaches felt that ultraviolet rays had a positive impact on athletic performance, and while remaining limited, evidence is accumulating to support this view. Muscle structure and function is recognised to play a key role in athletic performance, and both cross-sectional and longitudinal studies allude to a functional role for Vitamin D in muscle. The identification of the Vitamin D receptor in muscle tissue provides a direct pathway for Vitamin D to impact upon Skeletal Muscle structure and function. This review focuses on the current understanding of the action of Vitamin D within skeletal muscle tissue, and the potential impact on performance.


•    Athletes should have their (25-Hydroxy) Vitamin D levels measured regularly throughout the year.
•    Vitamin D deficient or depleted Athletes should be advised on appropriate UVB exposure or supplemented as required.
•    Optimal levels of Vitamin D remain controversial, but levels of 25-Hydroxy Vitamin D of 30ng/ml may be considered safe.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Vitamin D is great for sports
Highlights of Blog post
- Faster reaction time
- Far fewer colds/flues during the winter
- Less sore/tired after a workout
- Fewer micro-cracks and broken bones
- Bones which do break heal much more quickly
- Increased VO2 and exercise endurance
- Indoor athletes especially need vitamin D
- Professional indoor athletes are starting to supplement with vitamin D or use vitamin D beds
- Olympic athletes have used UV/vitamin D since the 1930's
- The biggest gain from the use of vitamin D is by those who exercise less than 2 hours per day.