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"D"fend Your Muscles

Posted Mar 29 2013 10:11pm

Previously, research suggests that Vitamin D may assist in reducing muscle and joint pain in cancer patients, as well as improve muscle performance in overweight people.  Among 12 men and women with Vitamin DS deficiency, Sinha Akash, from Newcastle University (United Kingdom), and colleagues investigated phosphocreatine recovery,  a marker of muscle fatigue, both priot to and after Vitamin D supplementation. The team found that a 10- to 12-week period of dietary supplementation of Vitamin D significantly improved muscle phosphocreatine recovery. Further, all study subjects reported improvement in symptoms of fatigue.  The study authors write that: “[Vitamin D] therapy augments muscle mitochondrial maximal oxidative phosphorylation following exercise in symptomatic, vitamin D deficient individuals,” submitting that: “For the first time, we demonstrate a link between vitamin D and the mitochondria in human skeletal muscle.”

Sinha Akash; Hollingsworth Kieren; Ball Steve; Cheetham Tim.  “Improving the vitamin D status of vitamin D deficient adults is associated with improved mitochondrial oxidative function in skeletal muscle.”  Endocrine Abstracts, March 1, 2013.

Dietary supplementation of Vitamin D may help to lessen muscle fatigue and improve efficiency, among people with low blood levels of the vitamin.
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Tip #141 - Men – Get Moving
Previous studies have suggested that physical activity decreases the risk of certain cancers. University of California, Los Angeles (USA) researchers have found that men who work in jobs that require a continuous level of high physical effort are at reduced risks of developing prostate cancer. The team compared the physical activity of 392 workers who developed prostate cancer with 1,805 men similarly employed and of similar age. Amongst a group of aerospace workers, 64% of whom were involved in work that required sustained and high levels of physical activity, the odds for prostate cancer were 45% lower, as compared to their less active counterparts.

Don’t underestimate the health benefits of physical activity, be it leisure-time exercise, competitive sports, or at-work exertion. Check with your anti-aging physician to make sure the level of your physical activity is appropriate for your medical needs.
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