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Study: Vitamin D can boost energy


Approximately 60% of patients from UK have a vitamin D deficiency
Approximately 60% of patients from UK have a vitamin D deficiency

Staff writers

April 8, 2013 — New research from Newcastle University suggests that vitamin D plays a crucial role in boosting energy levels and making muscles work more efficiently.

Vitamin D is often called the "sunshine vitamin" (courtesy: Guy Larocque)
Vitamin D is often called the "sunshine vitamin" (courtesy: Guy Larocque)

A study conducted by researchers at Newcastle University has found that vitamin D supplements may help boost energy and improve muscle function.

The UK-based team, led by Dr. Akash Sinha, gave patients with a vitamin D deficiency supplements for 10 to 12 weeks.

Post-treatment, patients reported faster recovery time and decreased muscle fatigue.

According to the researchers, poor bone health and muscle fatigue are common symptoms of a vitamin D deficiency. Researchers believe this is due to a reduced efficiency of the mitochondria, a sub-unit that provides cells with energy.

The team believes the supplements enhance activity of the mitochondria.

“Of the patients I see, around 60% are vitamin D deficient and most people living north of Manchester, [England] will struggle to process enough vitamin D from sunlight alone, particularly during winter and spring. So a simple vitamin D tablet could help boost ... energy levels – from within the cells,” Dr. Sinha said in a statement.

Vitamin D is often called the "sunshine vitamin". While it can be derived from some foods - like salmon, eggs, milk and meat - the body can also synthesize it through sun exposure.

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