More and more people are being diagnosed with obesity, and therefore are trying to lose weight–and along with this weight loss often comes a vitamin deficiency due to specific food restrictions. This article discusses three supplements that are essential for good health for individuals who are experiencing a vitamin deficiency due to weight loss.
1. Iron Supplement
Iron is the vitamin that research has found to be in greatest deficiency by women who are dieting. This is most likely due to the fact that iron is found in highest amounts in meat and dairy, both of which typically contain high amounts of fat and calories, and therefore are often avoided by women who are dieting. An iron deficiency can have very serious consequences–for example, iron deficiency can develop into anemia, which results in feelings of chronic fatigue, pale skin and other serious conditions. When choosing an iron supplement, try to find a product that has been approved for use by the FDA. Your nurse, doctor or health care provider may be able to recommend a good supplement that has been tested and proved to be effective by this governing board.
2. Calcium Supplement
Calcium is another vitamin that is often deficient in women who are dieting. Calcium is found mainly in dairy products such as milk, cheese, yogurt and other similar products. As described earlier in regards to iron deficiency, since these products typically contain high amounts of fat and calories, they are often avoided by dieters. Calcium is not only essential for strong bones and healthy teeth, but also plays a role in maintaining a steady heart beat–and therefore, a calcium deficiency can have disastrous results. Again, when choosing a calcium supplement, consult with your health care provider to find a product that has been tested and proven effective. This will not only ensure that you are getting a product that works properly, but also that you are not wasting your money on an item that is not providing you with any benefit.
Finally, if you are dieting and are concerned about experiencing a vitamin deficiency, you should consider using a general multivitamin in order to ensure that all of your bases are covered. Research has found that your body can only store a certain amounts of each vitamin in the body, and when it receives access to additional vitamins, they are simply excreted in the urine. Therefore, even if you are not deficient in all of the vitamins contained within the multivitamin, you will not experience any adverse side effects. The vitamins that you are deficient in and which are needed will be stored for future use–and the ones that you are not deficient in will simply be excreted in your urine. Most multivitamins currently on the market have undergone enough testing to be of high quality, and contain all of the items that they claim.