Vitamin D and Calcium Supplements Linked to Weight Reduction

Should you consider taking calcium and vitamin D supplements?  Study says you should, if your calcium intake from food is quite low. These vitamins may help overweight women to lose body fat.

Calcium is known to keep you slim and trim. Over the past few years, this vitamin has been getting attention due to its effects on metabolism. Experts suggest daily intake of dairy for three servings and at the same time reducing calories in other areas of your diet to accommodate your increased dairy intake.

Vitamin D, along with calcium and sunlight, helps to properly digest food and regulate normal blood sugar levels. When there is a lack of calcium, oftentimes due to a vitamin D deficiency, the body increases production of synthase, a fatty acid enzyme that coverts calories into fat. Calcium deficiency can cause synthase production to increase by up to 500 percent, explaining the relationship between low levels of vitamin D and obesity.

According to a new study, calcium and vitamin D supplementation helps achieve better metabolism and lose more body fat when coupled with an energy-restricted diet. In this twelve-week long study, Wei Zhu from the Shanghai Institute of Health Sciences (China) and colleagues observed 53 overweight and obese men and women with very low calcium consumption.  All participants followed an energy-restricted diet (~500 kcal/d); half the participants were given supplemental calcium (600 mg elemental calcium ) and vitamin D (125 IU D3). The study authors observed a significantly greater decrease in fat mass loss in the calcium + D group, as compared to the S- control group.  Additionally, the calcium + D group exhibited greater decrease in visceral fat mass and visceral fat area.

You can achieve your weight management goals by addingsupplements to your daily diet. Start a weight loss regimen as early as now.

Glenn Seymour (238 Posts)

Partner & Director of Business Development at Stocks Institue for Age Management. I Promote Age Management strategies including hormone optimization, low glycemic index foods and exercise. I have spent my career in the healthcare industry.

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