Vitamin D May Help With Weight Loss
Previous studies have linked adequate blood levels of vitamin D to weight loss. Now researchers at Purdue University have found that high levels of vitamin D supplementation may help overweight people lose weight and gain muscle strength.
Overweight people need to take higher doses of vitamin D, because fat cells absorb vitamin D and there is less available for use by the body.
Twenty-three overweight and obese adults were given either 4,000 IU of vitamin D or a placebo over the course of 12 weeks. All of the participants also completed a resistance training regime.
Body composition was assessed at baseline and 12 weeks. Muscle strength was assessed at baseline, 4, 8 and 12 weeks.
At the conclusion of the trial, the researchers noted more weight loss around the waist in the vitamin D group when compared with the placebo group. Peak muscle strength was also higher for the vitamin D group.
The study was conducted by researchers at Purdue University. They published their results on September 3, 2012, in the journal Clinical Nutrition.
Vitamin D is one of the nutrients essential to maintaining overall health. Previous studies have shown it to be associated with improved kidney health, reductions in skin cancer, reducing the risk of osteoporosis, improved cardiovascular health, combating diabetes, and improving age related eye degeneration.
Vitamin D can be found in milk, fortified cereals, fish, and eggs. Your body also processes vitamin D from the sun but it becomes harder for our bodies to process vitamin D as we age. A high quality vitamin D3 supplement is always a good option if you feel that you’re not getting enough through diet and sun.