After all these years of research on weight loss and cancer, it seems diet is not only reason behind obesity and cancer; deficiency in vitamin D may be the reason behind these health problems.
Over three quarters of Americans are deficient in vitamin D, an ingredient that is proven to be useful in building stronger bones, regulating digestive and hormonal systems and fighting off prostate and breast cancer.
Dr. Henri Roca, Medical Director of Integrative Medicine at Greenwich Hospital, “It’s one of the most important hormones, and it truly is a hormone. It’s not a vitamin.”
Vitamin D is naturally produced in our body through sun exposure; however, the use of sunscreens has led to its deficiency. Vitamin D can be sourced from fortified yogurt, cereal, orange juice and cold water fishes like salmon and tuna. Vitamin D supplements are also available on the market.
Vitamin D and calcium can help people lose 6 times more weight as compared to diet alone.
According to Dr Roca, “It’s going to change how receptive the body is to insulin, and so it is a key modulator in how the body deals with sugar and insulin. And that’s its connection to weight loss.”
Vitamin D not only helps burn fat but also helps control hunger and cravings by working on receptors in the brain.
However, the levels of vitamin D must be somewhere around 25-hydroxy vitamin D or 25-OH D. “For people who’s levels are greater than 50 there is a slight uptick, uptick in the rate of pancreatic cancer,” warned Dr. Roca.
According to ‘The Vitamin D Diet’, 600 international units of vitamin D and 1,000 milligrams of calcium daily suffice but it’s important to get a blood test done and check with the doctor.