In November 2016, the Journal of Biological Trace Element Research published the clinical findings from Umm Al-Qura University in Saudi Arabia, who identified the depleted trace minerals in obese women.
The study identified that the trace minerals which most obese women were deficient in. These minerals were the antioxidants, zinc and manganese. Please note, that these deficiencies would transfer over to men as well.
Since zinc and manganese are cofactors of superoxide dismutase, one of our master antioxidant proteins, it really comes as no surprise. However, it seems to be being widely ignored in the medical community as well as within our community of natural living and health.
Obesity in itself, provokes inflammation and the production of oxidants as byproducts of that inflammation. What may come as a surprise too many, is that obesity itself, leads to malnutrition due to the excess body fat requiring far more nutrients than even the morbidly obese could possibly consume.
In 2009, additional research was published in the manuscripts of the Pediatric Clinics of North America, which identified additional common deficiencies in obese people, and they include vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin B12 and vitamin D3.
As you can see, no matter whether they are vitamins or minerals, all of the nutrients that are depleted as a result of obesity, are all antioxidants, but it doesn’t include all antioxidants, because in the first study, out of Saudi Arabia, they also identified that copper and selenium levels were elevated in the obese women.
Thus, for anybody who is living with morbid obesity for any reason, other than an autoimmune disorder, you should be supplementing with all of the antioxidants identified as being depleted by the excess weight itself, if you want to prevent disease and illness.