THE MUSCLE-BUILDING VITAMIN

The Muscle-Building Vitamin

You probably take a multivitamin to help improve overall immune function and health. If you break down the ingredients, you’ll most certainly see that vitamin D is present in whatever brand you happen to be taking. When it’s time for you to hit the gym, I’m willing to bet that you put your vitamin bottle down and reach for your creatine and glutamine.

Not so fast. It turns out that vitamin D not only is essential for healthy bones and heart, it has also been found that having adequate amounts of vitamin D in your system can result in less fat and more muscle.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT VITAMIN D — THE MUSCLE-BUILDING VITAMIN  

VITAMIN D AND FAT LOSS

A study conducted on rats at the University of Purdue concluded that vitamin D, combined with calcium, promoted more lean mass in rats given a surplus of calories. It was determined that the combination of these two nutrients drastically increased insulin sensitivity as well as improved cell mitochondria function.

VITAMIN D AND MUSCLE GROWTH

We all have a muscular physical limit that is dictated by something called myostatin. Myostatin is a protein found in our body that inhibits our muscular growth.

However, a study conducted by nutrition experts at the Mahidol University showed a larger increase in muscle mass in men and women who supplemented with higher levels of vitamin D. It was determined that the vitamin D suppressed myostatin function in the test subjects

HOW MUCH VITAMIN D DO I NEED?

Vitamin D is found in a wide variety of foods such as leafy green vegetables and eggs. Your body even absorbs vitamin D from sunlight. But while you may get an abundance of these three things, it doesn’t mean you’re getting enough vitamin D to make significant improvements in physical performance.

This problem becomes amplified in winter months when there is often less sunlight throughout the day. A dietary supplement of a minimum of 1000 to a maximum of 4000 IU per day should do the trick. Make sure to get proper blood work done to really see where you’re at and how much you will actually need.

ANTHONY HILL, FOUNDER

Anthony Hill

When you put together the sum total of my 30 years of bodybuilding training, the contests, the vast array of diets I have experimented (tortured) myself with as well as the experiences I have been through with various training partners in the gyms I have trained in all over the world, it’s been a great ride and I wouldn’t change it for anything. Over the years, I have been fortunate enough to be able to do lots of personal training for private clients alongside my day job. For a few years during my 30’s, I moved to Asia and worked as the Fitness Manager and head personal trainer at one of Thailand’s leading gyms in Bangkok. Learn More

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