Vitamin D shown to boost energy from the inside out
Researchers have proven vitamin D boosts energy at a cellular level in findings published by Newcastle University scientists. The hormone that is naturally manufactured in the body when we are exposed to sunlight is necessary for muscle function and optimal health. In a new investigation, people with vitamin D deficiency improved their energy and muscle function when vitamin D levels were boosted. Do you know if your own levels of vitamin D are optimal?
How vitamin D affects mitochondria in cells uncovered
The researchers gave vitamin D supplements for 10 to 12 weeks to a small group of study participants who were severely deficient and had muscle fatigue.
Then they measured the time it took cells to replenish phosphocreatine that makes a molecule known ATP in cells needed for energy and muscle strength.
ATP is the form of energy that results from breakdown of glucose and oxygen and used by cells to make them work efficiently.
The researchers used MRI scans to measure exercise response in 12 study participants.
Dr Akash Sinha who also works within the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said in a press release: "The scans provided a unique window into what is really going on in the muscle as it works."
Fatigue linked to vitamin D deficiency could be from poor mitochondria functioning.
After receiving vitamin D supplements, the research showed average phosphocreatine recovery half time decreased 34.4 sec to 27.8 sec. Symptoms of fatigue improved after the study participants took supplements.
Dr Sinha said, "We have proved for the first time a link between vitamin D and mitochondria function."
The UK researchers says about sixty-percent of patients are vitamin D deficient. He suggests taking a simple vitamin D tablet could boost energy that happens from within the body's cells - at the level of the mitochondria. Have you had your own vitamin D levels tested?
"Improving the Vitamin D status of Vitamin D deficient adults is associated with improved mitochondrial oxidative function in skeletal muscle."
Akash Sinha, Kieren Hollingsworth, Steve Ball, Tim Cheetham
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