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Vitamin D is an often overlooked element in athletic achievement, a “sleeper nutrient,”… [and] once was thought to be primarily involved in bone development. But a growing body of research suggests that it’s vital in multiple different bodily functions, including allowing body cells to utilize calcium (which is essential for cell metabolism), muscle fibers to develop and grow normally, and the immune system to function properly.

But many of us, it seems, no matter how active and scrupulous we are about health, don’t get enough Vitamin D.

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/09/23/phys-ed-can-vitamin-d-improve-your-athletic-performance/

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