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Vitamin D for boxers

John Fell outlines how to maintain healthy levels of vitamin D during the winter months

To conclude 3 key take home messages about vitamin D are provided below:
1. Vitamin D is needed to support bone health, promote immune function and potentially improve how a boxer adapts to training.
2. Vitamin D predominantly comes from the sun we expose our skin to so during the winter months sunlight is dramatically reduced meaning that vitamin D levels within the body may significantly reduce.
3. Supplementing with 5,000 IU of vitamin D each day for 6 weeks can restore any winter decline in vitamin D to levels deemed as sufficient. However it is recommended that individuals have their Vitamin D levels assessed before supplementation to avoid toxicity associated with high doses of vitamin D.

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