Vitamin D Shows Heart Health and Weight Loss Benefits
Unhealthy weight, a by-product of our modern lifestyles, has grown globally. The last decade in the United States has seen a significant rise in rates of overweight individuals in all age groups. The first alarm was raised after a five-year study conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics showed a significant increase in the number of overweight people. From 1988 to 1994, the prevalence of overweight people jumped from 55.9 percent to 64.5 percent. 1
Vitamin D3 Health Benefits for Heart and Body Fat Reduction
We all know that Vitamin D is needed for strong bones, but recent Vitamin D3 research shows that the "sunshine vitamin" may play a role in reducing fat mass, particularly in overweight individuals. A study conducted in Tehran, Iran chose 77 overweight women, aged around 38 years, and gave the control group a daily dose of 1,000 International Units of Vitamin D3. After 12 weeks, the Vitamin D3 group showed a significant improvement in test markers. Body fat mass was also observed to have significantly reduced in the Vitamin D group, which could indicate an association between Vitamin D3 and weight loss. 2
While earlier studies have shown that that unhealthy weight reduces the biological activity of Vitamin D3 3, the Tehran study was the first to correlate the benefits of Vitamin D3 intake with cardiovascular health in overweight individuals.
More Health Benefits of Vitamin D
Vitamin D helps maintain adequate levels of calcium and phosphorous in the body. If it were not for the role of Vitamin D, only 10 to 15 percent of the calcium and only about 60 percent of the phosphorous we intake would be absorbed. These nutrients are necessary to maintain strong bones. Inadequate intake of Vitamin D can lead to bone and joint concerns. 4
Vitamin D receptors are found in a number of cells thus suggesting that Vitamin D may play a more extensive role in maintaining health than just mineral metabolism.
A healthy intake of Vitamin D has been associated with:
- Improved periodontal health
- Brain development and function
- Better learning and memory, and motor control
Lack of vitamin D is associated with numerous health concerns. 5
Global Problems: Weight and Vitamin D Insufficiency
Weight and Vitamin D inadequacy in individuals are global problems. In the United States, 36 percent of healthy young adults and 57 percent of general medicine in-patients suffer from insufficient levels of Vitamin D. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 35.7 percent of adults are overweight; approximately 17 percent of children and adolescents (aged 2 to 19) are overweight. In 2010, each of the 50 states showed a rate of 20 percent or more of overweight individuals. 6
Supplements: Vitamin D3 and Weight Loss, Heart Health
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