Bonnie Beezhold, a graduate student in the laboratory of Dr. Carol Johnston enabled a presentation on the impact of vitamin C depletion on a short-term diet. 20 obese men and women, intending to go on a low fat diet were segregated depending upon body weight into a vitamin C group taking a vitamin C capsule everyday and another would be consuming a placebo. Nobody, not even the researchers were in the know of who received the true Vitamin C tablet or the placebo. All participants consumed a low-fat diet that was adjusted to promote a slow weight loss.
The finding showed that during the start of the clinical trial, participants with the lowest concentrations of vitamin C in their blood had the highest body fat mass, with very low fat oxidizing capacity, as compared to the less obese counter parts. With a consistent amount of vitamin C intake, it was found that blood concentrations of vitamin c increased in the group taking vitamins, while the levels dropped almost 27% in those, who formed part of the control group taking a placebo that actually reduced their capacity to oxidize fat.
It was observed that the diet plan worked well for all participants , though the Vitamin C group found their body fat mass decreasing slightly more than the other group that had not consumed Vitamin C. Both groups appeared to have lost an average of nine pounds, indicating that vitamin C depletion did not hamper the weight reduction capacity in short term diets. Researchers are probing further on the reduced oxidation of fat found in cases of vitamin C depletion, which could have a bearing on the fat levels amongst non dieters.
Source :Eureka Alert