Calcium and Vitamin D3 May Help With Weight Loss
If you are looking to lose body fat, you may want to consider taking calcium and vitamin D3 supplements. A recent study found that people on a diet who took both supplements lost up to 55.6% more body fat mass than those on a diet who did not take the supplements.
Participants in the study included 53 overweight and obese adults, all of whom had reported low calcium consumption. Over the course of 12 weeks, half of the group took 600 mg of elemental calcium and 125 IU of vitamin D3. All of the participants consumed a calorie-restricted diet for the duration of the study.
At the conclusion of the study, both groups had lost the same amount of overall body weight. However, the participants in the supplement group had lost 6.1 pounds of body fat, while those in the diet only group lost 3.9 pounds of body fat. The supplement group also lost a greater amount of visceral fat, the unhealthy fat that surrounds our internal organs.
The study was conducted by researchers at the Shanghai Institute of Health Sciences in China. It was published in the Nutrition Journal on January 8, 2013.
Calcium is a mineral that is essential for bone strength. A lack of calcium can lead to osteoporosis, a serious health issue characterized by low bone mass which leads to an increased risk of fractures. Vitamin D3 aids in calcium break down and absorption. Several studies have also suggested that calcium and vitamin D may play a role in the regulation of abdominal fat mass.
Consumption of vitamin D3 has been linked to reducing the risk of osteoporosis and high blood pressure in mature adults, improving kidney health, reducing the risk of skin cancer, improving cardiovascular health, combating diabetes, and improving age related eye degeneration.