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Weight Loss Wednesday - 5 Vitamins and Minerals that can Help Speed Weight Loss

Posted Dec 23 2008 9:33pm

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Y ou take a multivitamin daily, but is it all you need to get your body working at peak efficiency for optimum weight loss? Here are five vitamins and minerals that could help you speed up the process:

B Vitamins - get a really high quality B supplement. The family of B vitamins help to regulate everything from Thyroid Function and Blood Sugar Levels to generally regulating your Metabolism.

Vitamin C - can help prevent fat storage by converting glucose to energy. Plus it's a great immune system booster.

Calcium - besides being great for the bones, research has shown that there is a link between calcium intake and weight loss. Increasing your calcium intake by as little as two servings a day can possibly boost your weight loss by as much as 70%!

Zinc - helps to regulate the appetite and helps to synthesize proteins.

CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) - this is not a vitamin or mineral, but a polyunsaturated, conjugated fatty acid that is a natural part of the human diet. It is primarily found in beef and dairy products. In days gone by, cows ate grass (instead of feed-lot grains) as the major part of their diets. Their meat and milk were rich in CLA and the population did not suffer from the obesity epidemic it does today. Adding CLA into your diet (readily available in capsule form from places like GNC, health food stores, even Trader Joe's) can not only help you to shed extra weight, but can help prevent it from returning. CLA has so many health benefits, there are too many to mention here, but a few of them are Increased metabolic rate, Decreased abdominal fat and Enhanced muscle growth (thus increasing your metabolism).

If you're looking to help enhance your weight loss efforts, think about adding a few vitamin and mineral supplements to your daily regime - it might help to make those pounds come off just a little bit easier.

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