Were your parents right? Does taking your vitamins make you big and stronger?
Vitamins help our bodies perform many essential functions:
- A: helps tissue health and good vision
- B: helps our body’s metabolic processes (building up and breaking down substances)
- C,E: helps lessen oxidative stress on the body
- D: helps calcium absorption
- K: helps with blood clots
It is also important to note that A, D, E, and K are stored in the body, so they should not be consumed in excessive quantities.
If athletes are not meetings their daily intake of vitamins, then these bodily processes will not be working optimally. In this case, a multi-vitamin is needed. For the most part, a well-balanced diet that involves lean meat, fruits, veggies, whole grains, and dairy will result in an athlete having adequate levels of vitamins.
Bottom Line: Vitamins will not DIRECTLY improve athletic performance but will help our body’s to function appropriately, prevent illness and get the most from training.
- National Strength and Conditioning Association
Vitamin D does not have an effect on testosterone levels of healthy males of all different ages. However, vitamin D deficiency has been linked to acute and chronic illnesses including preeclampsia, childhood dental caries, periodontitis, autoimmune disorders, infectious diseases, cardiovascular disease, deadly cancers, type 2 diabetes and neurological disorders. So we really want to keep vitamin D levels high by either getting enough sunlight or through supplementation.