A Guide to the Best Vitamins That Can Help With Weight Loss
by Jim Parker
When biting the weight loss bullet, it takes commitment, time, will power and sometimes a vitamin or two to get the best results. Healthy weight loss doesn't come in days or weeks and shouldn't be viewed as a diet, but more as a change in lifestyle. So, when you're on the path to health and vitality, what are the vitamins and supplements that will help you stay on track and get the most out of the experience?
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)
Vitamin B2 is required for normal thyroid function and metabolism. Good food sources of vitamin B2 include: Milk, liver and kidney, almonds, hard cheese, eggs, wheat germ and leafy green vegetables. However, if you're allergic to these foods or just don't like them, vitamin B2 can be found in supplement form.
Vitamin B3 (Niacin)
Like B2, vitamin B3 is essential for normal thyroid hormone production. Vitamin B3 is also part of the glucose tolerance factor (GTF) which is released every time blood sugar increases.
Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid)
Any deficiency of Vitamin B5 interferes with the body's ability to utilise fat. Vitamin B5 also plays an important part in energy production and assists adrenal function.
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
Vitamin B6 regulates the production of thyroid hormone and metabolism, which ultimately helps the body know when to use its energy stores. It also has a role in balancing female hormones, which can help prevent premenstrual food cravings.
Vitamin C provides a myriad of health benefits including proper conversion of glucose to energy in the body's cells. The most well known source of vitamin C comes from oranges, but is often very difficult to get the recommended daily intake from just one glass of orange juice.
Chromium Picolinate is an organic mineral said to help control blood sugar by allowing insulin and glucose to work together more efficiently. This stabilisation of blood sugar is the key to preventing food cravings.
The polyphenols found in green tea are said to encourage the use of calories as energy. They are said to ‘kick start' the metabolism. Green tea can be consumed as a hot or cold drink, but is also found in many combination weight loss supplements.
Guarana has an active constituent which is virtually identical to that of caffeine and is used to reduce or control hunger. Guarana helps to free fatty acids into the blood stream and metabolise them into energy, reducing the amount of fat stored in the body.
Yes, it's true, many of the vitamins mentioned can be found in a healthy, well rounded diet. But the thing to remember is that when you take away a high fat, high sugar diet, it takes a while for the body to adjust. Therefore, vitamins and supplements can help the body get through this "shock" and ultimately allow you to reach your goal weight with far less stress.
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