Though there seems to be a far greater number of people who need to lose rather than gain weight, the latter issue still exists for some people, and the best way to gain weight in a safe and healthy manner, according to researchers, is eating foodstuffs abundant in unsaturated fats and proteins, such as for instance nuts, lean meats, whole grains, and vegetable oils. Often, vitamins are ingested in the aim of promoting a nutritious diet regimen, or, on the other hand, even in the aim of losing weight. However, the only way to gain in weight is to absorb more calories than the body can burn while adding vitamins or health supplements to the diet can help to make sure the body is receiving all the nutrients it needs to develop and sustain itself. If you need to gain body weight, the easiest and quickest way to do this is to consume extra calories by way of your diet. However, vitamins are a healthier and safer alternative if your weight gain needs a good kickstart. The vitamins that are best for this are the following:
• Multivitamins – A study done recently found that multivitamin supplements helped a group of pregnant women who had contracted HIV gain weight during their pregnancy as well as deliver babies with a normal and healthy weight. Proper nutrition is of a paramount importance in the case of pregnancy, or in the case of a health condition that may cause a loss of weight. The best to take are multivitamins which contain folic acid, thiamine, niacin, riboflavin, as well as vitamin A, vitamin B6 and B12, and C, and vitamin E. Also, it is recommended to ingest a fair amount of nutrient-rich foodstuffs to help the baby develop and grow properly.
• Vitamin C – Weight gain can also be a likely side effect of ingesting vitamin C, as this crucial vitamin can slow down the metabolism to some extent. If you have issues with an overactive metabolism, it may help to supplement this vitamin in your diet. However, it is not recommended to take exceedingly high amounts, as this may trigger an upset stomach and even diarrhea, which undoubtedly interferes with all attempts to gain body weight.
• Iron – According to some studies, small children with anemia increased their body weight when they were given iron supplements. Anemia in children, caused by a deficiency of iron, can easily slow down motor skills and general mental development, and make it hard to gain weight.
• Vitamin D – This vitamin also helps to stimulate weight gain, though especially in women who are expecting a baby, by boosting the healthy development of bones. Moreover, strong bones are better equipped to handle weight-bearing exercises, which in turn can aid weight gain by developing the muscles. This vitamin can be found in milk and some supplements, though it can also be absorbed naturally by being exposed to sunlight, as the skin soaks up the sun and produces vitamin D naturally.
• Thiamine – This is one of the water soluble B vitamins from the B complex vitamin family, and it is another nutrient which is believed to help in increasing body weight. This vitamin helps in gaining weight due to the fact that it helps to increase the appetite. The most common food sources of thiamine are meat, whole grains and brown rice and ingesting these foodstuffs with some regularity will help to boost the thiamine in the diet. The suggested dietary allowance for this vitamin, thiamine, is about 1.2 milligrams per day men, and about 1.1 milligrams a day for women.