Posts Tagged ‘calcium’

Put vitamin “d” in your diet!

Friday, November 5th, 2010

A new study shows that consumption of calcium and vitamin D while on a diet regimen, actually helps to facilitate further weight loss:

In a study involving an analysis of data collected from a 2-year trial involving 322 subjects (mean BMI: 31 kg/m(2), mean age: 52 years), of which 126 were followed for 6 months for serum vitamin D changes, higher dairy calcium intake and increased serum vitamin D were found to be associated with greater diet-induced weight loss. According to multivariate logistic regression modeling adjusted for age, sex, baseline BMI, total fat intake, diet group, vitamin D concentration, and dairy calcium, a 1 SD increase in dairy calcium intake increased the likelihood of weight loss >4.5 kg in the preceding 6 months (OR=1.45), and a similar increase was seen for serum 25(OH)D at 6 months as well (OR=1.7). The authors conclude, “Our study suggests that both higher dairy calcium intake and increased serum vitamin D are related to greater diet-induced weight loss.”

In addition, vitamin D & calcium can offer some protection against Osteoporosis and are thought to enhance the immune system.  So get plenty of exercise, eat a healthy, low fat diet, drink milk, and be sure to take a highly absorbable calcium/vitamin D nutritional supplement for stronger bones and better overall health.  Your bones, waistline and health will all thank you!

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Reference: http://www.vitasearch.com/get-clp-summary/39386, “Dairy calcium intake, serum vitamin D, and successful weight loss,” Shahar DR, Schwarzfuchs D, et al, Am J Clin Nutr, 2010 Nov; 92(5): 1017-22. (Address: S. Daniel Abraham Center for Health and Nutrition and the Department of Epidemiology, Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel. E-mail: dshahar@bgu.ac.il ).

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ditching vitamin D proves detrimental

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Bone health with Liqui-calcium

On a recent trip to my dermatologist to freeze off some unsightly pre-cancerous spots, which is always a great time, I discovered something that I’ve long suspected.  As we chatted about the weather, vacation plans, and how often I still sunbathed (rarely), the dermatologist’s thoughts turned to vitamin D.  He asked me if I was taking a calcium supplement with vitamin D and when I replied enthusiastically in the affirmative, he was genuinely surprised.  “That’s great.”  He replied.  “You’re ahead of the curve.  Most people still don’t think about taking a supplement.”

The concept of vitamin D deficiency  makes perfect sense.  For most of us, we’ve heard from our various health care professionals that baking ourselves in the sun (even if you are dark skinned) for prolonged periods of time can result in sun-damaged skin, premature wrinkles, and in many cases, skin cancer.  As a result, most of us lather on sun block or moisturizers with sunscreen daily.  This is a good practice because it can really protect our skin from that insidious fireball in the sky, except for one thing.  We need to absorb some sunlight so that our bodies can manufacture vitamin D, which is essential to calcium absorption.

There has been so much research conducted lately about the positive effects of vitamin D on our immune systems and overall health.  Conversely, vitamin D deficiencies are now being examined closely as potentially contributing to various diseases such as cancer, obesity, and heart disease.  Even though much of this information is still being researched, one thing remains clear.  Calcium and vitamin D are essential for good health.  And most of us in the modern world either avoid the sun because of the aforementioned risks involved with worshipping it, or because the majority of us are sequestered in cubicles or offices, venturing out in the sunlight only long enough to procure a sandwich and a cup of coffee.

So I’m hedging my bets and taking a highly absorbable calcium supplement with 1000 IU vitamin D every day because I want to do all I can to lead a healthy life.  And also because I don’t want to see my dermatologist or his freezing apparatus for a very, very long time.

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Milk Dud

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

I have a bone to pick.  I’m a person who doesn’t care for milk.  I know it’s wrong. I know I should just get over it, plug my nose and drink it anyway while embracing milk’s clever little ad campaigns.  But I just can’t.  And lately I’ve been a little concerned about the health of my bones as a result of my aversion to frosty cold cow juice.  So I decided to figure out what my alternatives are, if I choose to stay on the milk-free wagon.

Solanova bone health liqui-calciumOld bone is replaced by new bone everyday.  But as we age, our bodies lose their ability to regenerate new bone at the same rate, therefore leaving us vulnerable to fractures and other complications.  This is not great news for we non-milk imbibers.  Oftentimes bone mass loss isn’t detected until the problem is already severe, so it’s important to consume (and absorb) as much calcium as you possibly can.

So what foods (besides milk) are high in calcium?  Turns out not only are cheese and yogurt full of calcium, but also non-dairy foods such as collard greens, spinach, nuts, and even papaya are relatively high in calcium.  I have to report, however, that milk really is one of the best sources of calcium.  Sigh. Lucky for me there are plenty of quality calcium supplements that I can take anytime and they taste nothing like cow udder.  Hurrah!

Lastly, for good bone health, in addition to taking calcium (in some form) every day, it would behoove me (and you too) to join the gym rats and pump some iron.  Weight training is excellent for maintaining strong bones-and it doesn’t hurt your physique either!  So maybe I can actually fulfill my body’s calcium need by taking great supplements, eating mounds of collared greens and spinach, and sporting a requisite weight-training belt.

And if all else fails, I guess I can force down a chocolate milkshake once in awhile.  One has to sacrifice for one’s health sometimes.

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