Do Vitamins Help Weight Loss?

vegetablesThere are a lot of vitamins out there and even more conflicting information for each.

One minute a vitamin is healthy to take, and the next it can cause a multitude of health problems.

Can they help with weight loss? The answer is yes. Then comes the next problem, how to choose the right one.

Below are some vitamins that can assist in weight loss with diet and exercise.

B vitamins are very helpful in weight loss because they assist your body in converting carbohydrates into energy, which is a key component in weight loss.

Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) helps the cells in the body produce energy. Vitamin B3 (Niacin) helps the cell produce energy as well as assisting your body in using the fatty acids and sugars you take in.

Be careful of your intake because too much can cause stomach ulcers as well as liver damage, so follow your daily recommended intake and do not go over it.

Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid) assist in the cells in the body to produce energy; however, too much can cause water retention and it can also cause diarrhea. As long as it is not overdone, they can provide a helpful addition to achieving weight loss.

B6, also known as pyridoxine, is beneficial as well. It helps with proteins and produces antibodies which can help fight off infection. But again, be careful and do not overdo it as too much of this vitamin can cause nerve damage.

To get B vitamins through foods you can eat foods with whole grains, dairy products, green leafy vegetables and beans.

Vitamin C is commonly known to help with the immune system. Feeling sick, take vitamin C, but what is little known is that it helps change the glucose in your body into energy.

Being able to convert what the body takes into energy is essential for weight loss. If the body does not properly break down the foods, it remains there.

Again, too much can cause diarrhea so be sure to only take the daily recommended intake for these vitamins to ensure that they are beneficial rather than detrimental. Foods rich in vitamin C are a lot of the citrus fruits such as lemons and oranges, broccoli and strawberries.

The daily recommended intake is the breakdown of how much a body needs daily in order to be functioning at a healthy level. It can vary, depending on gender, age and pregnancy, so research the requirements for the categories you fit into.

Remember, just taking vitamins alone will not help, eating properly balanced meals and leading an active lifestyle are also essential to losing weight.

Vitamin supplements are not supposed to be used in the place of food. They are a supplement, meaning that they help you if you do not regularly get the daily intake of certain vitamins through food. They also do not make you hungry.

Not eating regularly can cause that or, if you are taking supplements without a meal it can cause a problem as most vitamin supplements recommend taking them with a meal.

Many of these vitamins can also be found in the foods we eat, but if they are foods you do not eat and you are trying to get an added edge in losing weight, vitamin supplements are a better way to help you achieve the purpose.