When Gywneth Paltrow published her cookbook last year she explained how a vitamin D deficiency and anaemia inspired her. Here are four reasons why you should take Gywneth’s lead and top up with vitamin D – even in the summer…
1. SUN IS THE SKY (BUT NOT IN THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME)
Runners might think they’re getting nature’s supply of the sunshine vitamin, but in the northern latitudes it’s very difficult to get the right amount. The sun is only strong enough to stimulate vitamin D production in your skin from May to August and that is limited to the hours of 10-2, exposed without sunscreen for 20 minutes. Fine if you run at lunchtime, but not so good if, like many runners you opt for either side of the day. Hardly surprising then that a recent study published by researchers at Keck Hospital of University of Southern California of a large cohort of college runners in the US revealed that a third of their athletes at vitamin D deficiency.
2. WE BATTER OUR IMMUNE SYSTEMS
Because we get hot and sweaty in groups and sometimes expose ourselves the locker room lurgy, as well as push ourselves with long runs and busy lives, we can lower our immune system.The good news is that studies have found that Vitamin D can help boost your immune system.
3. IT BOOSTS BONE HEALTH (& PREVENTS STRESS FRACTURES)
In an article published in the Current Sports Medicine Report in 2010, two scientists Larson-Meyer and Willis reveal that because vitamin D is needed for the incorporation of calcium into the bones, taking supplements is believed to play a role in helping athletes to avoid stress fractures.
4. IT’S GOOD FOR MUSCLE POWER AND STRENGTH
Vitamin D has also been associated with healthy fast twitch muscle fibres – put simply, these are the fibres that are predominantly found in muscle-bound sprinters, the ones that give you definition. A review of research, looking at Vitamin D and older adults, published in Molecular Aspects of Medicine in December 2008 revealed that supplementation “has shown to improve tests of muscle function, reduce falls, and possibly impact on muscle fibre composition.”
TRY THESE SUPPLEMENTS:
Pro D3 Sport 4k is a top of the range supplement designed for runners. Manufactured in the UK, it’s used by elite athletes and sporting teams, and has been HFL-tested (a strict testing scheme for anti-doping) for purity. It’s vegan and gluten-free. Buy it from here.
Vitabiotics Premium Ultra™ range is chosen for men and women with hectic and busy lifestyles looking for extra support in specific health areas. Buy it from here.
Better You DLux3000 is a spray formulation. It’s a 100% natural daily oral vitamin D spray. Clinically proven to deliver this vital vitamin straight into your bloodstream, with each spray providing 3000IU (75mcg) of bioavailable D3. Buy it from here.