In his September 5th 2014 episode of The Dr Oz Show, Dr Mehmet Oz spoke about the various benefits of Vitamin D, which can apparently aid weight loss as well as preventing cancer and depression.
How can Vitamin D help with your weight loss efforts?
Is it a coincidence that obese people often have low levels of Vitamin D? I think not.
One reason for this fact is that your hypothalamus (the part of your brain that regulates your hormone) can sense low Vitamin D levels, which then causes an increase in hormones that stimulate feelings of hunger.
Obviously the more you eat the more you will weigh.
Below you will find a little research that has been conducted on Vitamin D and weight loss:
1. One 12-week study published in the Nutrition Journal discovered that by increasing Vitamin D levels fat mass was reduced.
2. In 2012 a study looking at how Vitamin D and calcium could aid weight loss, discovered instead that combined they could help reduce the amount of abdominal fat present.
3. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition back in 2010 discovered that while Vitamin D had negligible weight loss benefits it could reduce the risk of heart disease and the TNF-alpha, which is the cellular market for inflammation.
Other health benefits of Vitamin D
There are so many health benefits that can be experienced through Vitamin D, these include:
- The prevention of rickets
- Treat weak bones
- Bone pain
- Reduce bone loss for sufferers of hyperparathyroidism
- Reduce blood pressure
- Reduced cholesterol
- Treat diabetes
- Various skin conditions
- Prevent various autoimmune diseases
- Prevent certain types of cancer
Potential side effects of Vitamin D
Taking high doses (4000 units per day) of Vitamin D for a long period of time has the potential to cause harm due to it causing excessive levels of calcium to be produced within your body.
Too much calcium in your body can cause a hardening of your arteries that can negatively affect those with kidney disease.
Raised calcium levels can also cause an increase in the risk of suffering from kidney stones.
How to increase your Vitamin D intake?
The vast majority of people will get enough Vitamin D just by going out in sun every now and then, just remember your sunscreen.
It is very difficult to get enough Vitamin D from diet alone, although you can increase your intake through the following foods:
- Oily fish such as salmon, sardines and mackerel
- Fortified fat spreads
- Fortified breakfast cereals
- Powdered milk
Which Vitamin D supplement is recommended?
Experts recommend that if you are suffering with low Vitamin D levels that you take in a minimum of 400 IU/day. With supplements containing cholecalciferol rather than ergocalciferol as this is more beneficial.
Our recommendation for a Vitamin D supplement would be The Vitamin Shoppe’s own brand Vitamin D3 400 IU.
This supplement contains 100% of the recommended daily allowance, with cholecalciferol present.
You can buy a bottle of 200 capsules for just $6.99, which is incredible value for money.