Vitamin D, Vitamin D Deficiency, Muscles and Muscle Fat Percentage!
One of the most efficient methods that you can apply in order to lose fat and increase the muscular mass of your body, is to make sure that you are consuming enough vitamin D.
Countless researches have shown that those who have a vitamin D deficiency are more likely to be overweight, have lower muscle mass and risk to develop various diseases.
The main problem is that, even if the lack of vitamin D is very easy to solve by consuming around 200 UI every day, it is still extremely widespread. Specialists estimate that between 30 and 80 percent of the population are affected by this deficiency, depending on the region and climate.
The low levels of vitamin D are associated with a greater fat storage in all ages and both genders.
For example, a new study performed on overweight men and women of various ages found that those who consumed vitamin D for a period of months lost on average 2.7 kg of fat compared to another placebo group that lost nothing, without either group’s diet or weight training being modified.
Men and women with a vitamin D deficiency, have more body fat and belly fat. Since the lack of vitamin D leads to fat storage, it initiates also a series of metabolic and inflammatory processes in the organism.
This physiological cascade increases the fat storage rate and worsens the inflammations in the organism.
The vitamin D deficiency, depending on its severity, can affect the functioning of the pancreatic cells and influence the sensitivity to insulin, because the insulin cells have vitamin D receptors.
Therefore, besides the problems you experience as a result of the fat you have stored, the lack of vitamin D will expose you to the risk of continuing to gain fat and even developing diabetes.
The inflammations associated with a low level of vitamin D affect the muscle functions in a negative way and lead to fat accumulations in the muscular system.
A vitamin D deficiency causes an increased amount of fat in the muscles even in a population who is fit, young and has a balanced lifestyle.
The explanation for this is that vitamin D increases protein synthesis and energy use.
As a result, it leads to muscle and strength development, or, for those who have a diet poor in vitamin D, the unpleasant and unhealthy effect of fat accumulation in the muscles.
Vitamin D plays an important role in the muscular power as well. An optimum dosage of vitamin D increases the size and strength of the muscle fibers for people of all ages. The persons who consume vitamin D pills in conjunction with a training program can increase their power significantly more compared to those who do not take vitamin D.
Along with the precarious bone health, the fatigue of the muscles is one of the common symptoms in people with a vitamin D deficiency. Such type of fatigue is usually caused by low mitochondria efficiency – the mini ‘power stations’ inside every cell of the human body.