In a new study from Aarhus University, researchers found that vitamin D supplementation does not have beneficial effects on muscle function, strength, or mass.
The analysis included 54 trials involving 8,747 individuals. The team found overall, there were no benefits of vitamin D over placebo for improving muscle health.
On the contrary, vitamin D appeared to have detrimental effects in terms of increased time spent performing what’s called the Timed Up and Go test, a decrease in maximum strength at knee flexion.
The team also found and a tendency towards a reduced score of the Short Physical Performance Battery.
It is a group of measures that combines the results. of the gait speed, chair stand and balance tests. It has been used as a predictive tool for possible disability and can aid in the monitoring of function in older people.
The team says care should be taken recommending vitamin D supplementation to improve muscle strength and function in people with normal or only slightly impaired vitamin D status.
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The study is published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research. One author of the study is Lise Sofie Bislev, MD, Ph.D.
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