The common vitamin linked to weight loss

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INTRO: Supplementation with vitamin D could help promote weight loss, a recent study suggests. Taking the supplement is linked to weight loss, lower body fat and better cholesterol readings. Around half the world’s population is deficient in vitamin D.

One reason for the beneficial effect of vitamin D may be its link to the neurotransmitter serotonin. Serotonin can affect everything from sleep to mood. High levels of vitamin D may also suppress the storage of fat.

In contrast, having low levels of vitamin D in the body is linked to the storing of fat.

Foods that are rich in vitamin D include oily fish and eggs, but most people get their vitamin D from the action of sunlight on the skin. For the study, 232 obese young people were followed over one year... (MORE)

RELATED: What if I get too much vitamin D? What is vitamin D toxicity?

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