We all enjoy those warm summer days where the sun shines down upon us, warming our bones and subsequently burning our skin a few hours later as a result.
Whilst we appreciate sunshine mainly because we enjoy sitting in the garden soaking up some rays, there is another hidden benefit associated with the sun that some of you may not have been aware of. This hidden benefit is none other than vitamin D. Vitamin D is sometimes referred to as a “sunshine vitamin” because it is actually produced in our skin, in response to the rays coming from the sunshine.
Vitamin D is beneficial for each and every one of us, yet thanks to its ability to help the body to absorb certain minerals such as phosphorus and calcium, more and more bodybuilder’s are choosing to supplement their diets with this great vitamin.
Here’s a look at a few of the health and bodybuilding benefits associated with vitamin D supplementation.
It’s great for our muscular systems and bones
One of the main reasons that bodybuilders tend to favour vitamin d so much is the fact that it can actually help to protect the bones and the muscular systems within a human body.
The reason for this is that people who suffer from vitamin D deficiencies are often prone to a condition known as osteomalacia, which basically causes brittle bones and a weakness within the muscular system. Vitamin D supplementation can help to ensure that this condition never occurs, so the muscles and the bones are as healthy and as well protected as they can possibly be.
It’s great for strengthening the immune system
The immune system is the body’s natural defence mechanism against illness and disease. The weaker the immune system, the more prone the body becomes to picking up an illness such as a virus or a disease. The stronger an immune system, the less likely a body is to become ill.
The immune system thrives upon vitamins including vitamin D. This vitamin helps strengthen the immune system and can help protect the body against cancer, diabetes, renal failure, organ failure, common viruses, and much more on top of that.
It can help strengthen bones and prevent arthritis or osteoporosis
As they grow older, bodybuilders tend to suffer from arthritis or osteoporosis, mainly due to the fact that they weigh so much because they’re carrying so much muscle, which in turn tends to put pressure on the bones and joints. Calcium is a mineral that has been proven to strengthen bones and improve joint health, helping to keep arthritis and osteoporosis at bay.
As mentioned previously, Vitamin D helps the body to absorb more calcium from various foods and drinks we consume, so the more we absorb, the stronger and healthier our bones and joints will be.