Fat Loss - Effects Of Calcium, Magnesium, Vitamin D.

Several studies have shown that calcium plays a key role in body weight regulation and especially on fat metabolism. Learn more about that and several other minerals in regard to fat loss.

Calcium, while generally considered a key element for maintaining bone density and strength, also has other health benefits including reducing blood pressure, and more importantly for both men and women losing weight, the prevention of any adverse effects of dieting on bone mass and a preventative effect on osteoporosis.

Calcium & Cholesterol

For example, calcium can also help lower your cholesterol. In a recent study it was found that people with cholesterol levels in the high range of 240 to 260 reduced their total cholesterol by 6 percent when they took in an extra 1,800 milligrams of calcium a day.

The best part is that LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol--the bad cholesterol that's implicated in coronary artery disease, dropped by 11 percent. As well, calcium has recently been inversely associated with the incidence of colorectal adenomas.

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Calcium & Weight Loss

Calcium has also been shown to modulate the inflammatory response and to increase weight loss. A recent study found that an increase in dietary calcium intake, together with a normal protein intake, increased fecal fat and energy excretion by about 350 calories per day.

This observation may help explain why a high-calcium diet produces weight loss, and it suggests that an interaction with dietary protein level may be important.

Several studies have shown that calcium plays a key role in body weight regulation and especially on fat metabolism (with possible effects on lipolysis, fat oxidation, lipogenesis, energy expenditure and appetite suppression) and thus is a useful supplement for those looking to decrease weight and body fat.

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For example, Zemel et al. (2002) looked at the effects of calcium supplements on obese adults who were dieting. They found that a high-calcium diet (1200-1300 mg/day) resulted in greater weight and fat loss in humans compared to a low-calcium diet (400-500 mg/day).

Another study published in November, 2004 found that a high intake of calcium may hinder weight and fat regain. The study found that after putting mice on a low calorie diet and producing weight and body fat loss, that those on a low calcium diet regained their weight after 6 weeks.

However, for those on a high calcium diet it was a different story. They found that the high calcium diets produced significant increases in lipolysis, decreases in fatty acid synthase expression and activity, and reduced fat regain. They also found that increasing calcium through the use of dairy products had significantly greater effects on fat regain.

The bottom line is that increasing calcium intake is a boon to those who want to not only lose weight, but to lose fat, improve body composition, and keep that fat and weight from coming back.

Magnesium, besides complementing the effects of calcium on obesity and other functions, also has important effects on its own. Low levels of magnesium promote inflammation and impact on the body's ability to handle stress. These functions are useful in alleviating the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines, and decreasing both insulin resistance and inappropriate cortisol secretion.

Calcium & Vitamin D

Vitamin D is important for augmenting calcium dynamics. However, it also has other important effects, for example on:

  • Insulin resistance
  • Inflammation
  • Obesity

Although getting adequate amounts of vitamin D is crucial to health, vitamin D deficiency is relatively common. As such, supplementing with vitamin D is important to realize all the benefits that it has to offer.

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