A bit of sunshine is good for most people, and now one study has shown that a little vitamin D, which can be attained from the sun's natural rays, may go a long way.
According to WebMD, Researchers at Sticht Center on Aging at Wake Forest University recently conducted a study on over 2,600 seniors, who were all approximately 75 years old, over the course of four years. The scientists tested blood samples for levels of vitamin D and assessed the seniors' physical strength.
"Those with better vitamin D levels started out better and ended up better on physical performance tests," Denise Houston, lead researcher, told the news source.
Tests included walking 400 meters as fast as possible and standing from a chair without using one's arms.
Retirement livings seniors who are worried about the damaging effects of the sun have other options for getting their daily dose of the powerful vitamin.
People can take supplements or maintain a diet that is rich in salmon, mackerel and catfish.