College athletes participating in indoor sports, especially African Americans, might be vitamin D deficient and put themselves at risk of injury or poor performance according to a study recently published in the journal Nutrients.
A micronutrient that has numerous important functions, vitamin D is produced naturally in the body when skin is exposed to sunlight. It is therefore not surprising that athletes who spend much of their time indoors will have lower levels of vitamin D. African Americans are particularly at risk, even when getting sun exposure, as pigmentation reduces vitamin D production in the skin.
In recent years there has been growing interest in the use of vitamin D supplements for better performance in exercise and sport. Studies have shown that higher levels of vitamin D are associated with a better capacity for exercise and improved performance. Many elite athletes are therefore using vitamin D to help maximize their performance.
But while ensuring an optimum daily supply of vitamin D is clearly important for everyone, athletes and non-athletes alike, we should not lose sight of the fact that no single micronutrient alone can provide the key to health and athletic performance. A variety of different vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and other essential micronutrients are required for the proper functioning of the body. They achieve their beneficial effects by working together at the cellular level and participating in the numerous complex metabolic processes that keep us alive and healthy.
Through employing supplements containing the correct micronutrient combinations in carefully balanced amounts – a scientific methodology introduced by scientists at the Dr. Rath Research Institute and known as the micronutrient synergy approach – maximum support can be given to the cells of the heart, blood vessels, muscles, bones, joints, and all other organs that play important roles in our health and help maximize performance in exercise and sport.
To learn more about the importance of micronutrients for sport and athletic performance, read this article on our website.