Vitamin D3 - D stands for doping, naturally and legally

Key facts:
  • A suboptimal vitamin D status could lead to increased risk of inflammatory injuries, stress fracture, muscle weakness and poor athletic performance
  • 82% of men and 91% of women living in central Europe are showing a vitamin D3 deficiency
  • Treatening this deficiency can help athletes to enhance their performance
  • Sun exposure is not enough to reach good levels of D3
  • Sufficient vitamin D3 levels will reduce the risks of cancer, heart disease and diabetes
  • A high level of vitamin D leads to better performance and faster fat loss
From 2005 to 2008, the Max-Rubner institute researched vitamin D levels in Germany with worrying results, showing a deficiency in 82% of men and 91% of women. Our skin can synthesize vitamin D3 from sunrays – which sounds in itself simple, but isn´t:
  • Sunrays have to hit earth at a specific angle, which occurs only between June and September, and only between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. only then they are strong enough
  • You´re not allowed to use any sunscreen, since this would inhibit vitamin D3 synthesis
  • At least arms and legs must be fully exposed to sunlight
Simply put – if you don´t have a job, where you work outside and skip the use of sunscreen (and risk serious sun-caused damages), you have almost no chance to get enough vitamin D3 through sunlight. Additionally, from October to end of April, sunrays are not strong enough in Central Europe to start D3 synthesis in our skin. What is vitamin D3 good for? It boosts our immune system (which is important at beginning of autumn and winter to fight getting flu or cold), helps our bones and muscles to stay strong, it lowers blood pressure and and reduces inflammations. Additional, it helps us fight depression, rickets, osteomalacia and might be able to lower the risk of suffering diabetes and heart attack. For athletes, sufficient vitamin D levels can enhance their performance by improving reaction time, muscle strength, endurance and speed – isn´t that a nice side effect of lowering your risk on serious diseases? What to do? Good news – there a lot of foods, containing vitamin D3. Bad news – you have to eat a lot of them to get enough vitamin D3 out of it. Examples? 1.5 kg avocado, 1.6 kg veal, 1 kg tuna or 3 kg mushrooms will give you the same support than one tiny capsule of GoPrimal D3 will do. This might look like heaven on earth for carnivores at first sight – but is probably hard to turn into reality – much easier it is, to get Vitamin D3 intake into your daily routine, like before going to bed or first thing in the mourning together with breakfast. About the author: Stefan is one of the GoPrimal founders and veterinarian