You probably know that calcium and vitamin D3 are essential nutrients for bone health, but did you know they may also aid in managing your weight?
Research published in the FASEB Journal in June 2000 showed that consumption of calcium lowered calcium levels within the fat cells which accelerates the breakdown of fat. Another study published in the January 2003 issue of Nutrition linked higher intake of calcium to reduced body fat.
Several studies have linked low vitamin D levels with increased risk of being overweight. This may be because vitamin D is stored in the fat cells or because obesity causes less absorption of the vitamin.
One study found that women on a reduced-calorie diet with higher levels of vitamin D ended up losing more weight than those on the same diet with lower vitamin D levels.
While dieting or just eating a low calorie diet, it may be hard to get enough calcium and vitamin D from food. To get 1000 mg of calcium each day, you would need to drink 3 glasses of milk! Especially difficult for those who are lactose intolerant or allergic to dairy products.
Getting enough vitamin D from food is even more difficult. You would need to drink 10 glasses of milk to get 1000 IU of vitamin D and there are not a lot of food choices that are high in vitamin D. You can get vitamin D from the sun, but only if the UV index is 3 or higher and if you are not wearing sunscreen. Not an easy thing to do in the chilly winter months.
The best way to insure adequate intake of calcium and vitamin d each day is by taking a supplement. Try a liquid formula that is easy to swallow and absorbs quickly into the body. Make this a part of your overall plan to Get Healthy in 2012!
Do you currently take a calcium and vitamin D3 supplement? Why or why not?