vitamin D increases muscle and grip strength in girls

This simple vitamin can build muscle in girls and maintain healthy muscle development.

This study included 881 five year old children. Each of the kids did a hand grip strength test and were checked for indications of muscle tissue disease.

Girls with higher levels of vitamin D had greater hand grip strength than girls who weren’t getting enough vitamin D, suggesting that getting enough vitamin D is important for building muscle. It’s also important for developing healthy muscle: the girls with the higher vitamin D level were a significant 70% less likely to have muscle tissue disease.

So, vitamin D, it seems, makes girls strong!

For some reason, the association between vitamin D and muscle strength was not seen in boys.

This is not the first study to find that vitamin D enhances strength. In this May’s issue of The Natural Path (Vol. 21, No. 9), we looked at fifteen proven ways to enhance fitness and athletic performance naturally. One of them was vitamin D. A study of teenage girls found that higher levels of vitamin D improve jump height, velocity, power and force (J Clin Endocrinol Metab 2009;94:559-63). And a study of college athletes found that vitamin D improves performance on vertical jump tests, shuttle runs, triple hop tests and squat tests (Int J Sport Nutr Exerc Metab 2016;26(6):558-564).

So, the evidence is getting stronger that vitamin D makes you stronger!


The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism 2018;doi.org/10.1210/jc.2018-00281


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