Dr Amin Salehpour et al conducted a double-blind, randomized
study to evaluate the relationship between high levels of Vitamin D and the
body fat mass. The study was published in the Nutrition Journal 2012.
D is known to affect fat deposition, body mass index and waist circumference.
The scientists evaluated the effect of vitamin D on healthy obese women's
anthropometric indices such as body weight, height, body mass index, waist, and
For study purposes, seventy-seven volunteers were enrolled
in two groups. The first group was given vitamin D (cholecalciferol) while
second group was given placebo (lactose), both for 12 weeks.
The measurement of height, weight, waist circumference, and
fat mass were recorded both prior and after the scheduled duration of
administration of vitamin D.
was noted that the vitamin D administered group showed marked reduction in body
fat; however no change was noticed in waist circumference.
researchers said,"A modest fat
mass reduction of 7% was associated with a significant increase of 25-OHD levels
by 103% and a significant decrease of PTH levels by 14%."
The scientists thus concluded that rise in vitamin D possibly leads to
reduction in body mass in healthy obese women.
A 12-week double-blind randomized clinical trial of
vitamin D3 supplementation on body fat mass in healthy overweight and obese
women; Amin Salehpour et al; BMC Nutrition Journal 2012.