Building a Healthy Weight Foundation
For patients who are struggling with their weight, before you reach for a weight loss specific formulation, don’t forget the foundation. There are three key nutrients that help build a strong foundation when it comes to supporting weight management and optimal health in general—omega-3s, probiotics, and vitamin D. Based on the scientific literature, chances of successful and sustainable weight management begins with these foundational nutrients.*
A 2016 review featured in the journal Nutrients confirms what we’ve known for quite some time: too much omega-6 in the diet and not enough omega-3 may increase risk of weight gain. Studies demonstrate that omega-3 fatty acid intake (usually in the form of fish oil) can help support healthy blood sugar and metabolic balance.* A 2013 review in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition took the weight management aspect one interesting step further. That review paints a clear picture that omega-3 consumption can reduce circulating levels of the weight gain hormones adiponectin and leptin in overweight individuals.*
Thanks to the burgeoning field of microbiome research, we now have insight into how weight may be affected by our microbiota. According to a 2017 study featured in the journal Nutrients, probiotics may help support characteristics of healthy weight maintenance such as satiety and cognitive control over cravings. That double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial featured 45 men and 70 women who were all overweight. The probiotic intervention was Lactobacillus rhamnosus CGMCC1.3724.*
The research regarding vitamin D and weight management is also gaining momentum. Preliminary studies have shown that there is a correlation between vitamin D deficiency and weight gain. A 2016 meta-analysis featured in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition confirmed the connection between low vitamin D status and weight gain and adequate vitamin D status and weight loss. New research is looking specifically at vitamin D supplementation in overweight individuals. A 2018 double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study published in the International Journal of Preventive Medicine, using a weekly dose of 50,000 IU of vitamin D for six weeks showed a significant decrease in total weight, body mass index, and hip and waist circumference in study participants.
Evidence on the connection between these three foundational nutrients and healthy weight is growing. By starting with this foundation and building a regimen from there, patients may have a better chance of successfully achieving and maintaining their weight goals.*
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