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Vitamin D: The rock star vitamin
Date: 2013-04-10 18:18:52

While most people understand that they should get blood tests or lab tests to help screen for any serious diseases, they may not understand that they also need these tests to make sure they are getting enough vitamins and minerals. For example, it's important to have enough iron and calcium, and it's very crucial for people to learn their vitamin D levels. This important vitamin has been hailed as a rock star in the healthcare community for the past few years, as studies continue to show how important it is.

Recently, Science News published an article with a quick overview of all of the important studies that have been conducted in the past year that show just how key vitamin D is to overall health.

A very important nutrient ... Full Story

Want strong muscles? Check your vitamin D levels
Date: 2013-04-05 14:45:02

People who hit the gym often but don't seem to have enough energy during their workout or the muscle strength they're looking for may want to get lab tests to check their vitamin D levels. According to recent research from Newcastle University, vitamin D is the key to getting muscles to work efficiently and for increasing energy levels. Scientists found that muscle function appears to improve when people take vitamin D supplements.

To come to their conclusions, researchers used MRI scans to measure the muscle response to exercise for 12 study participants, all of whom had a severe vitamin D deficiency at the start of the trial.

Supplements offered a solution... Full Story

Could Kevin Wade have been vitamin D deficient?
Date: 2013-04-02 18:35:52

On Sunday, Mar. 31, Kevin Ware, a sophomore at the University of Louisville and a guard on the basketball team, experienced a horrific injury when he fractured his tibia during a basketball game. Most news sources described the event as a "freak accident" and talked about how rare it is for such an injury to occur. However, a recent article published by Forbes magazine suggests that perhaps Ware could have been spared from experiencing this problem if he had been getting enough vitamin D and taking blood tests to make sure he had adequate levels of the nutrient.

The news source cited an article published by ABC News which quoted Tim Hewett, director of sports medicine research at Ohio State University, who said that Ware's diet may have been deficient in vitamin D and calcium, leading to more porous bones. That mixed with the constant pressure Ware put on his joints as an athlete may have created small stress fractures that eventually spread or became worse.

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