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Multivitamins May Aid Weight Management
Published Friday, January 25, 2008

QUEBECóWomen who consume multivitamins and/or dietary supplements during a weight-loss program may have reduced appetite (Br J Nutr. 2007; (1):1-11). Researchers from Laval University conducted two studies: a comparison of the characteristics between vitamin and/or dietary supplement consumption and non-consumption, and the effects of multivitamin and mineral supplementation during a weight-reducing program. The first study reviewed body weight and composition, energy expenditure and data scores from a Three-Factor Eating Questionnaire. The results were compared between consumers and non-consumers of micronutrients and/or dietary supplements. The second study, a 15-week double blind, energy-restricted study with patients receiving multivitamin and mineral supplement or placebo, was compared to the variables and appetite ratings of the first study. Male non-consumers had a lower body weight, fat mass, body mass index (BMI) and a tendency for greater resting energy expenditure. Women had the same differences, but not to a significant extent. They did, however, exhibit lower disinhibition and hunger scores. Results from the second study showed body weight significantly decreased after weight loss intervention, with no difference between groups. Fasting and postpranadial appetite ratings were reduced in female consumers. Overall, vitamin and/or dietary supplementation consumption and multivitamin and mineral supplementation had an appetite-related effect on women during a weight-reducing program, although lower body weight and fat was more detectable in men.


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