One of the keys to losing weight is to make sure you're getting enough of this vitamin.
Most of us have experienced the frustration of being unable to get rid of stubborn belly fat despite following a strict diet and workout plan.
Vitamin D is proving to be a key component in successful weight loss.
Exciting new studies have shown that women who met their requirements for vitamin D lost 3kgs more than a placebo group over a one-year period and that having a higher amount of body fat was associated with lower levels of vitamin D in the blood. (1)
Aiding in weight management is just one awesome benefit to increasing our vitamin D, other benefits include:
Effects Brain Health
Research has also found that vitamin D may influence depression, anxiety and insomnia and that lower levels of vitamin D may be linked with poor performance on exams, difficulties with attention and focus as well as impaired decision making. (1)
Improves Immune Function
Vitamin D aids in cell replication and is thought to help protect against the development of autoimmune conditions and infections like the cold, therefore low levels of vitamin D may contribute to more colds, flu's and infections.
Vitamin D may also help prevent prolonged inflammation, which is often considered to be at the root of many chronic conditions and health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and inflammatory bowel disease. (1)
One of the most well-known benefits of vitamin D is its powerful effect on bone density. One of the major symptoms of severe deficiency of vitamin D is bone-related disorders such as osteoporosis and decreased bone mineral density leading to a higher risk of fractures in adults.
Getting regular sun exposure and consuming a variety of vitamin D foods in your diet is one of the best ways to keep your bones healthy and strong to reduce the risk of these conditions, along with getting a good amount of calcium, phosphorus, potassium and magnesium.(1)
May Help Prevent Cancer Formation
While research is still limited on exactly how vitamin D may affect the risk of cancer, some studies have found that vitamin D deficiency may be linked to a higher risk of certain types of cancer, including prostate, breast and colon cancers. (1)
Getting regular sun exposure (5–30 minutes at least twice per week) is the best option for warding off vitamin D deficiency, but including these vitamin D-rich foods will help to maintain your vitamin D status.
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