Increased fat mass and metabolic syndrome is a worldwide problem. Increases in weight have a higher incidence of joint and skeletal disorders, kidney disease, cancer, heart disease, and respiratory disease. Mounting evidence shows a link between vitamin D levels and weight.
Preliminary studies show that vitamin D supplementation improves total fat mass and body mass index in obese children. Link here
. Children took 1,200 IU of vitamin D 3 for 26 weeks. All children had blood levels under 30 ng/ml. Also, high levels of abdominal fat or larger waistlines show low levels of vitamin D. Link here
. Scientists believe that it’s hard to metabolize or use with excess fat mass.
Other Uses For Vitamin Supplementation
Other uses for supplementation besides bone maintenance exist. For instance, I wrote about low levels of vitamin D and folate relates to first incidence of psychosis. Link here
. Other studies include heart health, cancer rates, and immune system health. Link here
How Much Do I Need?
Above all, it’s important to supplement in the fall and winter months. Sunlight is less intense and the day is shorter. With the advice of your general practitioner, 1,000 IU of Vitamin D3 with K2 is recommended. Lastly, studies need more research to help create baseline levels. A set baseline will establish better usage and dosages.
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