Can a Multivitamin Help You Lose Weight?
Researchers recently found yet another reason to take your multivitamins: they may help you lose those extra unwanted pounds.
Researchers from the Department of Nutrition and Food Hygiene at Harbin Medical University in China discovered the link between weight loss and multivitamins by conducting a study that included nearly 100 obese women between 18 and 55 years of age. They published their findings in the February 2010 issue of the International Journal of Obesity.
The study participants were randomly assigned to one of three 26 week intervention groups:
1. One group received a daily multivitamin and mineral supplement
2. The second received a 162 mg calcium supplement
3. The third received a placebo.
At the end of the study, the multivitamin and mineral group lost an average of 8 lbs of body weight, whereas the calcium group only lost 2 lbs and the placebo group lost just 0.5 lbs. The multivitamin group also saw significant reductions in waist circumference and BMI.
This study adds to an already large body of evidence backing the health benefits of multivitamins. Beyond aiding in weight loss, multivitamins have also been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and boost mental health and physical health. Some studies have also shown that the cells of people that routinely take multivitamins actually have a younger biological age.
It is important to note that not all multivitamins are created equal; you should do some research before choosing the multivitamin that best suits your needs.