The perfect diet is filled with a variety of vitamins and minerals that keep your metabolism balanced, your immune system boosted, and help you feel your absolute best. But let’s face it: there are times in life when our diet can be lacking in one or another vitamin — and that’s when supplements come in handy and become our new best friends.
Certain vitamins are actually more helpful than others when it comes to weight loss. If you’re wondering which to incorporate into a healthy diet, these are the four anti-inflammatory vitamins nutritionists say burn calories and blast belly fat.
Without enough iron, your body can’t efficiently carry oxygen in red blood cells and connect it to muscles and tissues. And when your muscles lack oxygen, they fail to burn fat the way they normally would and it can mess with your metabolism.
Iron is found in foods like meat, brown rice, nuts, and dark, leafy vegetables. An iron supplement is a good idea if you fear you’re lacking in this nutrient, but check with your doctor first — taking too much iron can be toxic and dangerous.
Recent studies have found a link between people who carried more fat on their bodies and lower levels of vitamin D. The sunshine vitamin also helps control blood sugar and insulin resistance. You can get this vitamin from spending time outdoors, as well as meat, eggs, fatty fish, dairy, and supplements.
All of the B vitamins (all eight of them) play an integral role in keeping your metabolism balanced. But the interesting thing about B vitamins, and the reason why a supplement could be a good idea, is that a deficiency in one B vitamin affects the others. Play it safe by taking a B-complex vitamin that contains B-12, folate, biotin, and the rest of the B gang.
As with iron, magnesium has a hand in helping the body produce energy, which in turn helps your body burn fat and calories. But, also like iron, taking too much of this supplement can be risky, depending on any underlying health conditions you may have. Get your daily recommended intake of magnesium from foods like fatty fish, whole grains, leafy green, or legumes — or speak with a doctor before taking a supplement.