According to Canadian researchers at Laval University, getting enough calcium and vitamin D during weight loss can help lower cholesterol levels.
The study, randomly assigned 63 overweight women to take two 600 milligrams of calcium with 200 IU of vitamin D or a placebo during a 15 week weight loss period.
Researchers found that the women who received the calcium supplement showed greater drops in LDL (bad) cholesterol and an increase in HDL (good) cholesterol. The effects of supplementation were independent of how much weight was lost.
Researchers found that low calcium intake appears to be common among overweight women. They suggest women trying to lose weight should incorporate calcium rich foods, and/or a supplement into their diet.
Rich dietary sources of calcium include dairy products, fortified soy milk, green leafy vegetables, salmon and almonds.Rich sources of vitamin D include cod liver oil, salmon, mackerel and tuna
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