|Illustration 1: Experts will recognize from looking at these Oil Red O-stained longissimus dorsi slices of mice on a normal and a vitamin D3 supplemented diet that supplemental (! not vitamin D from the sun !) "vitamin D3 can be used a s a fat synthesizer and meat tenderizer in meat-producing animals". (img in illustraton from Choi. 2011)|
But let's get to the facts, before I get tarred and feathered, again... In the latest issue of the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture Hyuck, Choi and Kyuho Myung published a paper that investigated the use of vitamin D3 supplements to fatten animals (Choi. 2011). Now, you may think "How stupid is that, everyone knows that vitamin D will make you lean out!", but as I've pointed out several times within the last weeks, high vitamin D levels may correlate with a lean body composition; however, studies that would show that supplementation of the latter would induce respective changes in body composition in the absence of prior deficiency (and we are talking about the standard reference range with a lower limit of 10ng/mL, here) simply do not exist... but I am digressing again.
|Figure 1: Composition of the diet (large figure) and respective vitamin D3 content (small figure) of the diets of the control and the supplement group in the study.|
|Figure 2: Body fat (in g; large figure) and respective serum 1α,25-(OH)2 -vitamin D3 levels (in µg/mL; small figure) after 3 weeks on control or vitamin D3 supplemented diet (data calculated based on Choi. 2011)|
|Figure 3: Cytokines, UCP-2 and PPAR-gamma expression in mice after 3 weeks on control or vitamin D3 supplemented diet (based on Choi. 2011)|
Now obviously, this is just another rodent study and we cannot say how and if the results will translate to humans, but it is a controlled study and it investigates the effects of supplemental vitamin D3 which is something you cannot say of the "scientific backbone" of the current vitamin D3 craze... and now tar and feather me like a child who has just been bereaved of his favorite toy, if you will ;-)