Although there are many weight loss products on the market which include herbs and other substances, quite often vitamins and minerals can help you lose weight. That’s because if you look up certain vitamin and mineral deficiencies you’ll see that “weight gain” is often listed.
It’s thought that vitamin C helps because it’s needed for the synthesis of carnitine. Carnitine is incredibly important for slimmers due to the fact that it’s needed for transporting fats to the mitochondria where it’s then burnt off for energy. If you’re deficient in carnitine you’ll suffer from tiredness and will find it difficult to exercise. Symptoms of vitamin C deficiency also include poor wound healing, sore gums and frequent nose bleeds.
As mentioned above, fats (and other nutrients) are needed to help the mitochondria produce energy. This energy is called ATP and needs to bind to magnesium to become stable. This is why magnesium is so important because a deficiency can cause tiredness and if you’re tired you’ll not want to do any exercise plus you’ll crave foods which are high in sugar and fat. Other symptoms of magnesium deficiency include muscle spasms, mood swings and PMS.
Known as the “sunshine vitamin” vitamin D is very helpful for weight loss. It’s been found that those who take a vitamin D supplement are able to lose weight easier than those who don’t take a supplement. Although you might associate vitamin D with bone health and the prevention of rickets, there’s actually a lot more to this vitamin. For instance it’s really important for the immune system and it’s thought that we tend to get more colds in the winter because we’re not getting so much vitamin D from sunlight. It’s also important for fighting cancer because it plays a part in “cell death.” This is a good thing because we want the cancer cells to die. Vitamin D is also needed for producing the neurotransmitter serotonin, which means a deficiency makes us feel depressed.
This mineral is well known for its beneficial effects on the thyroid gland which is why Iodine (or kelp which contains iodine) is included in many weight loss formulas. Unfortunately iodine is appearing less and less in our foods so supplementation is a good idea.
Minerals and exercise
If you’re doing a lot of exercising as part of your weight loss regime you’ll be losing a lot of essential minerals through your sweat. So it’s a really good idea to take a supplement with lots of essential minerals in it to prevent any problems.
Minerals and diuretics
Many people wanting to lose weight take diuretics in order to get rid of unwanted water. However diuretics can also cause mineral loss.