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Recommended Vitamin D3 Supplement:
Vitamin D For Bodybuilding And Fat Loss? (Benefits & Proper Dosage)
The number of supplements out there that I would place on my “highly recommended” list are extremely few and far between, but for the majority of individuals, vitamin d is definitely one of them.
Vitamin D benefits are quite lengthy, ranging from optimizing testosterone production to balancing mood to improving bone health to enhancing cognitive function. Unfortunately, most people in today’s modern society do have a small (or large) vitamin D deficiency and aren’t receiving enough each day for optimal health.
Unless you spend many hours a day outside in the sun or live in a very warm climate, it’s almost certain that you should be including a vitamin D3 supplement in your bodybuilding and fat loss plan. Although it won’t have any serious direct effects on muscle growth or fat loss, its many positive health benefits will definitely carry over and help you out in the big picture.
How much vitamin D is necessary? It will vary from person to person and you’d ultimately need to get blood work done to know for sure, but a vitamin d dosage of around 2000-5000IU per day is a good guideline. (The risk of toxicity is very low)
Do vitamin supplements work? Yes, the research has clearly shown that supplementing with vitamin D3 will raise and sustain levels in the blood. It’s also relatively inexpensive which is an added bonus.
Again, vitamin D is not going to have any magical muscle growth effects, but it’s still definitely a worthwhile supplement to consume. For example, its effects on mood and well being may improve your overall drive and motivation in and out of the gym… its effects on immune system function can help to fight off sickness… and its effects on optimizing testosterone could help out if your levels are particularly low.
So, to correct your vitamin d deficiency and get all of the vitamin d benefits outlined in this video, I would highly recommend consuming a vitamin d3 supplement each day. For the best effects, take it with a meal (ideally one that contains some fat) in the morning or afternoon.