Caitlin Mason and her group of researchers recently conducted research at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre and discovered that women who lose weight see a vast improvement in their bodies vitamin D levels.
Vitamin D is a major component in the body when it comes to fighting over various diseases including cancer. The study found that women who lost 15 percent or more of their body weight experienced “significant increases” in their “circulating levels” of the important vitamin.
According to head researcher Caitlin Mason:
“Since Vitamin D is generally lower in persons with obesity, it is possible that low vitamin D could account, in part, for the link between obesity and diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes.”
Vitamin D is also important for calcium absorption, for bone growth and bone healing and ultimately helps adults fend off osteoporosis.
The nutrient also aids in the growth of cells, assists immune function and even reduces inflammation which in turn fends off heart disease and respiratory problems.
During the study of 439 moderately overweight to obese women the study has concluded that losing 10 to 20 pounds (the average weight loss by the women in the study) or approximately five to ten percent body fat loss resulted in large increases in Vitamin D circulation.
Losing 15 percent body fat increased Vitamin D production by three times former levels based on the patients daily intake levels of the nutrient.