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Information on the latest vitamin D news and research.

Find out more information on deficiency, supplementation, sun exposure, and how vitamin D relates to your health.

New animal study suggests vitamin D may help protect against obesity by increasing fat utilization

A study performed in obese mice showed that vitamin D supplementation limited weight gain from a high-fat diet by increasing fatty acid oxidation.

Fatty acid oxidation, also known as beta-oxidation, is the process by which fatty acid molecules are broken down in the mitochondria to be used to generate energy.

There has been a lot of interest in the relationship between obesity and vitamin D deficiency. Researchers are interested in whether vitamin D deficiency causes obesity, or if obesity causes vitamin D deficiency. Much of the recent evidence suggests it is the latter, in that increased body weight leads to an increased need for vitamin D meaning that overweight individuals can be at increased risk for vitamin D deficiency.

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  About: Will Hunter

Will is the Program Associate of the Vitamin D council and works on website administration, content production and editing, and fundraising. He is passionate about nutrition, exercise, and technology and how they relate to health and longevity.

One Response to New animal study suggests vitamin D may help protect against obesity by increasing fat utilization

  1. It appears that the average human adult consumes 4 lbs of food per day
    If we assume the same ratio of food consumed/body weight for both humans and mice, then
    we can computer the vitamin D daily dose equivalent for a human
    15,000 *4 / 2.5 (lb/kg) = 24,000 IU/day