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Does vitamin D make you a better athlete? Two new studies - from the same group! - offer conflicting views:

Does vitamin D make you a better athlete? Two new studies - from the same group! - offer conflicting views:

If, like many people, you don't get enough vitamin D from sun and diet, then you'll likely benefit from taking vitamin D supplements in a number of ways. But will it make you a better athlete? That's a claim that has been made frequently over the past few years, generally with flimsy-to-nonexistent evidence . So I was happy to see a recent paper that takes a more rigorous approach to testing the idea that "optimal" levels of vitamin could enhance athletic performance in typical Western athletes (as opposed to, say, kids with rickets). The study is in the current issue of Journal of Sports Sciences , from a group at Liverpool John Moores University in England. The first part of the study has a simple aim: find out if athletes in the U.K., tested during the winter months, have lower vitamin D levels than non-athlete controls. They tested rugby players, soccer players, and jo...

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