Fibroids are non-cancerous growth of smooth muscle and connective tissue. It originates from the thick wall of the uterus and are categorized by where they grow. Fibroids are very common in women, as per research 75% of the women experience them at some period of their lives, often undiagnosed and unknown.
With so many women dealing with fibroids today, more research is being done to determine what steps might be taken to help to manage them. As per the research conducted by National Institute of Health, there is a significant connection between Vitamin D and uterine fibroids. Improvement in a Vitamin D deficiency may play a key role in helping to manage uterine fibroids.
Vitamin D is not technically a vitamin. It’s a fat soluble, pro-hormone. Vitamins are nutrients that cannot be produced by the body and must be obtained through foods or supplements. The body can synthesize its own Vitamin D through the activity of sunlight on the skin.
As per NIH “In previous research, the study authors found that vitamin D inhibited the growth of human fibroid cells in laboratory cultures.”
This is indeed a very good news for women suffering from fibroids because as per the researchers’ this could provide, “a promising new lead in the search for non-surgical treatment of fibroids.
The research done included testing on “a strain of rats genetically predisposed to developing fibroid tumors. After examining the animals and confirming the presence of fibroids in 12 of them, the researchers divided the rats into two groups of six each: those that would receive vitamin D and those that would not. Fibroids increased in size in the untreated rats, but, in the rats receiving vitamin D, the tumors had shrunk dramatically. On average, uterine fibroids in the group receiving vitamin D were 75 percent smaller than those in the untreated group.
In an another 3-year study of 1,036 African American and Caucasian women between the ages of 35-49 finds women with adequate vitamin D had 32% lower risk of fibroids compared to those with low vitamin D levels.
How to get Vitamin D Everyday
Vitamin D is easily accessible in several forms. The most obvious sources of Vitamin D are food and the sun. Even though sun provides Vitamin D, most of us are left with the conundrum of dealing with sun’s damaging ray’s effect on skin. Also, most sun screen lotions inhibit the production of Vitamin D. In order to get Vitamin D to manage fibroids, you would require significant sun exposure without sun screen.
Foods which are good source of Vitamin D are Fish, Egg Yolk and some fortified foods. The amount of food you need to obtain is a therapeutic amount of Vitamin D is not easily achieved through diet alone. Along with the Foods rich in Vitamin D you need some healthy sun exposure. There are also some quality supplement which can provide you with good amount of Vitamin D.
In supplement form, look for vitamin D3, not vitamin D2. Vitamin D3 is better absorbed and utilized by the body than vitamin D2. To help support fertility, a good daily dosage of vitamin D3 is 2000 IU.