Can low Vitamin D cause joint popping?
Vitamin D is vital for maintaining good joint health. This is why many joint supplements contain a large dose of Vitamin D; we know that a large percentage of the population is deficient in Vitamin D, and since it is important for maintaining healthy bones and joints, it’s wise to supplement with it if your primary concern is joint health.
I’m not saying that every joint supplement needs to be full of Vitamin D. After all, a lot of people today – particularly the health conscious – take multivitamins, drink vitamin-infused drinks, and eat vitamin-enriched foods. So Vitamin D is not like chondroitin or glucosamine; it is something you probably get elsewhere.
But the fact remains that Vitamin D is incredibly important for joint health.
One question I was asked recently is: can low vitamin D cause joint popping?
This is a very interesting question. Few people ever think about joint popping as an issue. They tend to focus on the overall health of a joint, joint pain, or flexibility.
Yet joint popping is definitely a major problem for some people – especially those of us ho do a lot of high-impact sports like running, MMA or mountain-biking (like yours truly).
How does Vitamin D affect your joints? Does having low Vitamin D lead to popping joints? What is the best way to prevent joint popping?
Let’s find out!
Can Low Vitamin D cause joint popping?
To answer this question, we need to look at how vitamin D interacts with your joints and your bones.
The main way that Vitamin D affects your joints is by modulating the absorption of calcium in the gut.
In simple terms, Vitamin D improves the absorption of calcium in the gut. If you do not have enough Vitamin D available for use in the gut, then you will not be able to absorb calcium at an optimal rate.
This then leaves you with lower calcium levels than you might assume (for instance if you are eating lots of broccoli, leafy greens and dairy). Having a low rate of calcium absorption over many months and years can leave you with substantially weaker bones.
So can low Vitamin D cause weaker bones?
But can low Vitamin D cause joint popping?
Joint popping is not caused by weak bones. Popping in joints is caused by air bubbles accumulating in the joint and then being released all at once. Basically, day-to-day movement leads to air bubbles building up in the cavities around your joints. You may then move in a certain way that releases that air, causing a popping sound.
Joint popping is not thought to be dangerous or harmful in any way, even over the long-term. However, if you think joint popping is a problem for you, it is definitely worth going and talking to a physiotherapist or chiropractor.