Vitamin D Essential for Muscle Mass and Strength

Low vitamin D levels are linked to poor bone health, muscle weakness, deficiencies in reproductive hormones, low aerobic capacity and increased body mass index (the proportion of weight to height). A review of literature by Stéphane Walrand from the University of Auvergne concluded that vitamin D is essential for building muscle strength and muscle mass in older adults, and that supplements could benefit people of any age. Vitamin D is synthesized in the body in a reaction involving sunlight. It can also be consumed in the diet by eating fatty fish, mushrooms and supplements. The supplement works best in people who are vitamin D-deficient and those over 65. (Gériatrie et Psychologie Neuropsychiatrie du Vieillissement, published online April 21, 2016)

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