Chicago Blackhawks take Vitamin D

3 06 2010

XCAP has a product for Vitamin D called Vita D. It is highly absorbable and is used by the professional lacrosse team, Edmonton Rush.

The Chicago Blackhawk team physicians began diagnosing and treating vitamin D deficiency in all Blackhawk players about 18 months ago. Apparently, most players are on 5,000 IU of vitamin D3 per day. To confirm this assertion, simply ask the Blackhawk organization.

After many losing seasons, last year the Blackhawks came out of nowhere to get to the Western conference finals. This year the Blackhawks are playing even better.

According to my sources, improved athletic performance is only one of the benefits for the Blackhawk players. The other is a reduction in the number and severity of lower respiratory tract infections and a reduction in the number and severity of repetitive use injuries.

Six months ago, Runner’s World published a story on vitamin D and athletic performance.

Asp K. Running on D: The “sun vitamin” may boost performance, but you probably aren’t getting enough. Runners World, December 2009.

A year ago, the flagship journal of the American College of Sports Medicine published the evidence that vitamin D would improve athletic performance, including evidence vitamin D played a role in the USSR and East Germany domination of the Olympics in the 1960s, 70s, and early 80s.

Cannell JJ, Hollis BW, Sorenson MB, Taft TN, Anderson JJ. Athletic performance and vitamin D. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2009 May;41(5):1102-10.

Recently, researchers in England found a direct and strong relationship between muscle power and vitamin D levels in teenage girls.

Ward KA, et al. Vitamin D status and muscle function in post-menarchal adolescent girls. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2009 Feb;94(2):559-63.

However, readers of the Vitamin D Council’s newsletter first learned about vitamin D and athletic performance in 2007:

Cannell, JJ. Peak Athletic Performance and Vitamin D. Vitamin D Council Newsletter, March 2007.

If the Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup this year, other teams, from high school to professional, may start paying attention to the vitamin D status of their players. That would be a big boost to the Vitamin D Council’s goal of educating the world about the importance of vitamin D.

SOURCE Vitamin D Council




2 responses

14 06 2010
Dr. Wendy Schauer, D.C., R.K.C.


Thank you for sharing this. What a great testimonial for Vitamin D. I am a huge proponent of Vitamin D and the benefits it has to offer. Living in the Pacific NorthWest I see SO many people who are deficient in Vitamin D. Would it be okay to do a “track back” or reference this posting in my blog? I look forward to your reply.

Yours In Health!

Dr. Wendy
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6 12 2010
vitamin d3

Contrary to popular belief, Vitamin D includes a greater role to maintain your bone health than calcium. Although inadequate calcium intake and calcium depletion is considered the largest contributor to the weakening of bones and increasing likelihood of fractures, it really is Vitamin D which determines your bone health. Vitamin D regulates the quantity of calcium which remains in blood circulation and also the amount that is deposited inside your teeth and bones. It promotes the absorption of phosphorous and calcium within your body, strengthening your bones.

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