The Secret Sports Supplement You Should Be Taking
The nutritional supplement industry continues to boom year on year. If you haven’t taken them yourself, you will know people who have bought weight loss pills or protein shakes guaranteed to shred the pounds. However, these magical products never deliver on their promises and we end up chucking away our hard-earned money into the garbage.
Well over at Breaking Muscle, they have found the solution to your supplement woes – vitamin D. Whether you’re a competitive athlete, a weekend gym goer or just looking to drop a couple of pounds, getting a consistent source of vitamin D is critical in weight loss and performance enhancement:
Vitamin D For Performance
We have all heard about the health benefits of vitamin D, such as increased immunity, cardiovascular health, and protection against cancers, including skin cancer. What many people do not realize is vitamin D plays a critical role in weight loss and performance enhancement.
A meta analysis performed in 2011 looked at vitamin D levels and their effects on strength gains and balance. These studies were performed on adults greater than sixty years of age. Subjects were given vitamin D supplementation without any exercise intervention. The authors concluded their study by stating a daily supplement of 800 to 1,000IU had a positive effect on strength and balance.
Vitamin D For Weight Loss
Vitamin D also plays a critical role in weight loss. Research suggests that vitamin D levels below 50 nmol/L increase your risk for developing type 2 diabetes. This is due to the role vitamin D plays in glucose metabolism. In fact, vitamin D may play a critical role in insulin sensitivity and even have a direct impact on the pancreatic beta cells.
So if you’re just starting your journey to lose weight or increase performance, don’t waste your money on supplements that always fail to deliver. The only supplement you need is vitamin D along with exercise and a clear nutritional plan. Also, you won’t have to break the bank to gain its positive health benefits either.
About Matt Lawson Matt Lawson is a UK based sports journalist who covers all the latest football (soccer) news and matches for the Press Association. A keen Newcastle United fan, Matt is usually found either watching or playing the beautiful game.