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17 September 2004
Supplements To Slow Weight Gain

Weight-loss research shows that women gain an average of 16 pounds of body weight from the ages 25 to 54. Now, a new study suggests that the ingestion of four common supplements could slow the weight gain that precedes middle age.

The study, conducted by researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, examined subjects' vitamin, mineral and herbal supplement intakes over the past 10 years. The researchers specifically looked at weight change, energy consumption, and the use of supplements cited in the survey responses. Fourteen supplements were selected for review by the researchers. The 14 supplements the research team reviewed included multivitamins, fiber pills, soy, gingko, St. Johns Wort, Vitamin B-6, Vitamin B-12, chromium, and omega-3 fatty acids.

An analysis of the survey results revealed the following:

  • Respondents who consumed multivitamins, Vitamin B-6, Vitamin B-12, and chromium had less weight gain than their counterparts.
  • However, the positive effect of less weight gain was found to be most prevalent among those individuals who had been categorized as overweight or obese.
  • Gender had minimal impact on the survey results.

The researchers concluded that individuals who gained the least weight were those who had consumed multivitamins, Vitamin B-6, Vitamin B-12 and chromium and were categorized as either overweight or obese at age 45.

The researchers suggest that chromium, which helps regulate blood sugar for diabetics, led to less food consumption by the study sample. They also hypothesize that individuals lacking micronutrients such as B vitamins might eat in excess; thus correcting B-6 and B-12 vitamin deficiencies could lead to lower caloric intake.

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