Phosphorus Pills Bring Weight Loss in Trial
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Wednesday, February 10, 2016 12:00 AM
Phosphorus in foods and supplements may contribute to decreased body weight, BMI, waist circumference and reduce appetite this study indicates.

Phosphorus supplementation for overweight and obese individuals can lead to decreases in body weight, body mass index, waist circumference, and subjective appetite scores, according to new research from Lebanon.

“Given the increased prevalence of obesity among individuals consuming abundant quantities of food containing low levels of phosphorus, it was reasonable to postulate that decreased phosphorus intake may be involved in the development of obesity and its metabolic abnormalities,” the researcher said.  "Phosphorus supplementation (375 mg per main meal) halted weight gain ... and (increases in) BMI and significantly decreased waist circumference. At the same time, these changes were associated with early satiation."

Previous studies have linked a low phosphorus status with increased body weight, and decreased intake with meals after supplementation with phosphorus. Further, current methods for cereal refinement can lead to a substantial loss of phosphorus content.

Participants in the phosphorus group reported a reduction in appetite, number of snacks, taste of food, and quantity needed to reach fullness compared to the placebo group.

Physicians can encourage changes in diet, mainly encouraging foods rich in phosphorus. Phosphorus bioavailability is known to be high from meats and dairy products. Thus, inclusions of milk in meals that are carbohydrate-based (starch, sugar) would probably reduce the detrimental impact of those meals.  On a public health level, the food industry should reconsider better techniques for maintaining an adequate phosphorous content, mainly in bread, where cereals refinement negatively affects food content in phosphorous.