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Calcium Supplements May Help With Weight Loss

Calcium supplements recently received more scientific backing for their weight loss potential from a study published in the August 2010 issue of the journal Nutrition & Metabolism.

Researchers from the Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha recruited 1,170 postmenopausal women with an average age of 66 to take place in the 4 year study.

At the start of the study, the women were randomly divided into 3 groups. One group received two placebo capsules; the second group received calcium supplements and a placebo; and the final group received the calcium plus 1,100 IU of vitamin D3.

The researchers found no changes in overall body mass index (BMI) among the 3 groups however the groups given the calcium supplement showed less gain in waist fat. The placebo group had an average waist fat gain of 5.4% compared to 2.4% and 1.4% in the calcium and calcium plus vitamin D groups.

Commenting on the potential mechanisms behind their findings the researchers stated that adequate calcium intake seems to decrease appetite because the body seems to compensate for lack of calcium by increasing food intake.

This study adds yet another reason to keep an eye on calcium intake. Getting enough calcium in your diet is truly essential, as it is the mineral responsible for bone building, muscle contraction, central nervous system function and hormone secretion.

Calcium has been shown to aid bone health, skin health, and reducing the risk of ccolorectal cancer and stroke. Some studies have even suggested that calcium intake is associated with longevity.

Since calcium absorption decreases and bone loss increases as you age, it is particularly important for anyone over 50 years of age to consume the recommended daily intake of 1200mg of calcium per day.

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