Vitamin D Deficient? You May be Prone to Muscle Injury and Alzheimer’s

September 19, 2011
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Add stronger muscles to the ever-growing list of reasons to take vitamin D. Scientists recently discovered that a lack of vitamin D could result in muscle injuries in athletes; another group of scientists found that vitamin D can help to remove plaques in the brain that have long been associated with Alzheimer’s disease, a progressive form of dementia that afflicts millions of people. Because it’s hard to get enough vitamin D in your diet, our practitioners strongly recommend that you get you ensure you’re getting your recommended daily allowance through a vitamin D supplement.

For decades, researchers have been telling us about the health benefits of vitamin D:

  • Maintains bone health
  • Enhances immunity
  • Helps quell the proliferation of cancer cells
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Aids in the digestive process
  • Lowers risk of bacterial infections
  • Supports mood stability
  • Helps prevent type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and bladder, breast, colon, ovarian, prostate and rectal cancers.

Athletes who are vitamin D deficient and muscle Injury

A study was recently presented at the annual meeting of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine linking vitamin D deficiency to a risk of muscle injuries in athletes. The study indicated that NFL players were especially prone to vitamin-D deficiency-related muscle injuries.

The research team, led by Dr. Michael Shindle of Summit Medical Group, studied 89 players from one NFL team. The players’ vitamin D levels were measured in the spring of 2010. Data about which players missed games due to muscle injuries was collected, and vitamin D levels were tracked. The results indicated that many of the physically fit NFL players suffered a substantial lack of vitamin D. Specifically, 27 players were “dramatically deficient,” while 45 had “levels consistent with insufficiency.” Only 17 of the 89 players in the test group had vitamin D levels within normal limits. The results? The 16 players who suffered the most muscle injuries also had the lowest vitamin D levels.

Vitamin D deficiency and Alzheimer’s disease

Research recently published in the journal Fluids and Barriers of the CNSindicates that vitamin D may also assist in the removal of plaques in the brain associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers gave vitamin D injections to mice with amyloid beta plaques—considered the hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease–in their brains and found that vitamin D therapy helped remove the plaques. Considering the aggressive, destructive nature of this form of dementia, this research is very exciting news for the medical community and the general public.

Want to learn more about the benefits of vitamin D and how much you should really be taking? Speak with a Pharmaca practitioner today.

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