A new study finds vitamin D supplements can aid in weight loss. According to a team led by Dr. Luisella Vigna of the University of Milan, research shows that vitamin D deficiency is correlated with a higher risk of obesity and obesity-related complications. A study conducted by Vigna’s team concludes that vitamin D supplements can help overweight individuals who suffer from a vitamin D deficiency to lose weight.
The study included 400 overweight participants with vitamin D deficiency. They were then divided into three separate groups. One group was administered 25,000 IU (international units) of vitamin D per month, while another group was given 100,000 IU of vitamin D per month. The last group was administered no supplemental vitamin D.
After six months, individuals in both vitamin D supplement groups had lost more weight and had greater reductions in their weights than those who had not taken supplements.
“The present data indicate that in . . . overweight people with vitamin D deficiency, vitamin D supplementation aids weight loss and enhances the beneficial effects of a reduced-calorie diet,” Vigna’s team reported.
The study suggests that individuals with excess weight might want to get their vitamin D levels checked. In 2009, research indicated that approximately three quarters of American adults and teens suffered from some degree of vitamin D deficiency.
A simple vitamin D test can be administered at nearly any physician’s office with a small blood sample.
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