We’ve all seen those famous ads “Got Milk.” New research made milk even more popular when they linked milk consumption to weight loss. For years, I wondered how this could be true. So, like any other normal person, I googled it; then it all made sense! It wasn’t the milk that made your body lose weight; it was the calcium in the milk. Since, I avoid milk, but consume calcium supplements, this made me a bit relieved.
New studies indicate that consuming adequate amounts of calcium may do more than strengthen your bones. In fact, calcium helps break down body fat and may prevent fat cells from making fat.
Researchers from Purdue and Creighton universities and the University of Tennessee conducted several studies on calcium intake and weight. Results consistently showed that people who consumed more calcium had a lower body weight or gained less weight than those who consumed lower amounts of calcium.
For the best health benefits, try to consume at least 1,000 milligrams of calcium every day. Good sources include dairy foods, dark-green leafy vegetables, fish with edible bones and calcium-fortified foods (source).
If you tend to carry around some extra weight, and have a hard time losing it; then try adding a good quality calcium to your supplement regime. Calcium also acts in such a way to lower you cortisol levels (stress hormone). Taking calcium can have a calming affect. If you lead a stressful life then calcium can relieve some of that excess stress.
(CES, PES, CPT, BS)