There's no secret that in-season most hockey players are probably not achieving their optimal vitamin-D levels. This isn't their fault of course, obtaining levels from the sun is increasingly difficult in the winter (in-season) and most young athletes don't have a huge influence on the foods they eat (usually parents cook). Although, it should be in an athlete's and parents' best interest to obtain optimal levels of this vitamin, especially when the winter might leave one in a deficiency.
Vitamin-D has been linked to an increase in mood, immune system health and most importantly in this scenario...athletic performance. Not only does an adequate intake of vitamin-D elevate strength increases, but speed and coordination also improve.
The active component in vitamin-D is known as a seco-steroid, once active this then circulates through the body provoking genetic protein transcription. Which in summation basically states, vitamin-D works in multiple aspects by inducing better functioning of multiple genomes (the things that make us function). As a developing athlete this is increasingly important--constant development needs to be kept at a peak level for optimal growth. For example, if an athlete feels tired constantly and gets sick frequently these are times when growth is slowed or stopped completely.
While vitamin-D isn't the end all be all to perfect health all of the time, it does work as a buffer to help prevent the above examples. It's a simple trick to improving performance and it takes virtually no extra effort to do so. This supplement is proven to be safe and effective and we offer it in-gym from the Poliquin Group, a company known for their product purity and effectiveness. Ask about this product next time you're in!
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