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Phys Ed: Can Vitamin D Improve Your Athletic Performance? - Well Blog - NYTimes.com

September 23, 2009, 12:01 AM

Phys Ed: Can Vitamin D Improve Your Athletic Performance?


Phys Ed: Can Vitamin D Improve Your Athletic Performance? - Well Blog - NYTimes.com

Vitamin D is an often overlooked element in athletic achievement, a “sleeper nutrient,” says John Anderson, a professor emeritus of nutrition at the University of North Carolina and one of the authors of a review article published online in May about Vitamin D and athletic performance. Vitamin D once was thought to be primarily involved in bone development. But a growing body of research suggests that it’s vital in multiple different bodily functions, including allowing body cells to utilize calcium (which is essential for cell metabolism), muscle fibers to develop and grow normally, and the immune system to function properly. “Almost every cell in the body has receptors” for Vitamin D, Anderson says. “It can up-regulate and down-regulate hundreds, maybe even thousands of genes,” Larson-Meyer says. “We’re only at the start of understanding how important it is.”

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2 comments:

寶寶 said...

Gather roses while you may........................................

Slomohusky said...

Thanks for sharing this one. Maybe I should stay in sunny Las Vegas instead of moving back to the NW?:)