New Year New You - Calcium & Vitamin D3 for Bone Health & Weight Loss?

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 No Vitamin D from the Sun in Winterproducts. 

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? 

Comments for New Year New You - Calcium & Vitamin D3 for Bone Health & Weight Loss?

Name: vanessa martinez
Time: Wednesday, January 25, 2012

I'm really bad about drinking milk etc. So I definately take a supplement. =)

Name: theresa
Time: Wednesday, January 25, 2012

I use the Calcium and D3 daily. It has a good taste and works great after weight loss surgery. Wish it was available at more stores so I would not have to go all over trying to find it.

Name: Amy Davidson
Time: Wednesday, January 25, 2012

I only take a calcium supplement when I haven't gotten the RDA from my diet on that particular day. Also, I take D2 on a daily basis (it's plant-derived, and I'm vegan).

Name: Kathleen Keene
Time: Thursday, January 26, 2012

I take a calcium supplement, as well as a D2 supplement, as I am also vegan. Milk is not a good way to get calcium, as it contains too much protein, which makes the body acidic. This in turn makes the body leech calcium from the bones to neutralize the acid, therefore causing a deficiency.

Name: Christie B
Time: Thursday, January 26, 2012

I take a calcium supplement every day! Not good with consuming dairy daily!

Name: George Comstock
Time: Thursday, January 26, 2012

I do take both Calcium and D3 because of a lifetime of skeletal issues and my current focus on avoiding full sun.

Name: cindy b
Time: Thursday, January 26, 2012

I have been taking vit d for the last 3 years because I saw on Oprahm Dr Oz said that most of us are deficient and and I know living in Wy, i don't get out in the sun in the winter at all!

Name: Karen O
Time: Thursday, January 26, 2012

I started taking D3 over a year ago and I swear it's why I didn't get sick all of last winter or this one (so far).

Name: Lanie K.
Time: Friday, January 27, 2012

I take Calcium pills but I think I need more vitamin d. this article is every interesting.

Name: April G.
Time: Sunday, January 29, 2012

I don't do well with dairy. I do take 1000mg of Calcium a day with vitamin D.

Name: Rachel Tiller
Time: Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Do you currently take a calcium and vitamin D3 supplement? Why or why not? I do not. I have them in my cabinet though. Just lazy. I really need to. I guess I should check the date though it may be pretty old.

Name: Kelly Lauth
Time: Wednesday, February 1, 2012

I don't take Calcium, although I know I should. Ever since I took pre-natal vitamins I've grown accustomed to taking a multi-vitamin daily and will never stop! I take additional vitamin D because it works wonders (especially for mood, along with B-complex). I've also read that vitamin D can help with pesky belly fat!

Name: Gloria Yerxa
Time: Wednesday, February 1, 2012

I really need to begin taking vitamins... I take calcium and that is all, the rest I try to get from a healthy diet, but I know that's not always possible.

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