-Dr. Kathy Johnson, PhD, CMC
A new study was recently released showing a positive correlation between levels of vitamin D to elderly vitality and energy. Dr. Denise Houston and her team from the Sticht Center on Aging at Wake Forest Univeristy studied groups of seniors in hopes of improving body composition, long-term health conditions, and mobility in older adults. The scientists examined 2,788 seniors by monitoring their levels of vitamin D through blood tests. Then, participants needed to perform tests of endurance and strength. Ultimately, the results showed that those with the highest level of 25-hydroxyvitamin D in their blood were the ones who were in better physical condition.
One factor that Houston and her group were not surprised about was that most seniors do not intake 100% of the vitamin D that they need per day through primary foods. Most, in fact, rely on dietary supplements. Studies further show, however, that the body can naturally create vitamin D if one is exposed to enough sunlight. Start preserving your muscle strength and physical conditions by paying attention to how much vitamin D you get every day!