Thursday, February 04, 2010
Recent studies have confirmed that vitamin D supplementation, when combined with a low-calorie diet can help women and men lose weight.
What is vitamin D?
Vitamin D refers to a group of fat-soluble prohormones (hormonal precursors), that have widespread effects throughout the body. It is entimated that nearly 90% of all Americans are considered vitamin D deficient. Deficient levels of vitamin D can lead to osteoporosis, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and cancer.
How does it help with weight loss?
According to the study conducted by researchers from the University of Minnesota, vitamin D, in conjunction with calcium and sunlight aids in the absorption of food and normalizes blood sugar levels in the body. When calcium is low, the body produces more of the enzyme synthase, which accelerates the conversion of calories into fat (by up to 500%).
What can I do to raise vitamin D levels?
Vitamin D is supplied through a variety of sources including foods, sunlight and supplementation. Fortified dairy products such as milk, cream, eggs and cheese are all excellent sources of vitamin D, but can also be high in fat, so consumption should be limited. Sunlight is a great source of vitamin D, but over-exposure can oftentimes lead to melanoma and skin cancers, if precautions aren’t taken. By far, the most effective way to increase vitamin D levels is through supplementation. BodyLogicMD's bioidentical hormones experts use Pharmaceutical-grade supplements to effectively raise vitamin D levels and curb many of the effects of vitamin D deficiency such as chronic pain, loss of muscle mass, menopause weight gain, osteoporosis, and diabetes.