A very recent study on uterine fibroids suggests that vitamin D may be a cure for uterine fibroids which is definitely a piece of good news for those in search of a natural treatment for uterine fibroids. It is still unknown what causes uterine fibroids and there are various methods to treat symptomatic tumors currently available that may work for you. From the recent research on vitamin D and its impact on uterine fibroids, this may be a treatment option to consider through the research is still in its infancy.
What is so great about Vitamin D?
At a basic level, vitamin D in addition to calcium helps with the development of healthy bones in childhood and helps with maintaining these healthy bones in adulthood.
It has also been discovered that various cells in the body contain a vitamin D receptor which is believed to help the immune system. If your body has enough vitamin D, it is believed that this helps the immune system fight off infection and disease. It also lowers your risk of developing autoimmune diseases, heart disease and certain cancers.
Just like cancer, fibroids are tumors although they are benign (non cancerous) in most cases. It would make sense that this aspect of vitamin D could help prevent fibroid tumors or fight them off.
Vitamin D Deficiency
Vitamin D deficiency in people is currently a hot topic. This deficiency is mostly due to lifestyle changes from previous generations.
The easiest way to get vitamin D is with exposure to the sun which allows the body to make vitamin D and this is how most people used to get it before doctors started cautioning people about the dangers of the sun. The current deficiency is therefore due to many people not getting enough sun as well as not consuming foods or supplements that contain this vitamin.
Can Vitamin D Reduce The Risk Of Fibroids?
A study by the National Institutes of Health comprising 1,036 women in Washington, DC indicated that having enough vitamin D in the body obtained from sun exposure, foods and supplements helped to reduce the risk of developing fibroids in research subjects by about 32 percent!
The study also queried participants on their sun exposure and those who spent at least an hour in the sun each day had a lower risk of fibroids.
How Much Vitamin D Is Needed?
The daily requirement for vitamin D is at least 600 IU (international units) but definitely strive for more than 600 IU each day.
Should You Go Out In The Sun?
Exposure to the sun is the easiest and cheapest way to enable the body to create vitamin D when sunlight is absorbed but due to skin cancer fears, it is important to exercise care while exposing yourself to the sun. You can also obtain vitamin D from supplements and various foods.
Guidance on how much sun you need to allow the body to create vitamin D is to first determine how long it takes for you to get slightly tanned and then half this time. Spend this time out in the sun three times a week.
If you are darker skinned, you may need to spend more time in the sun (5 to 10 times more exposure) because of the melanin (skin pigment) in dark skin which is a much stronger natural sunscreen than in those with fair skin which is why those who are darker-skinned are usually even more deficient in vitamin D.
Although more research is needed in the effects of vitamin D on fibroids, it is certainly interesting to think that something as simple as having sufficient levels of vitamin D can help to prevent uterine fibroids. It is definitely a natural method to consider as a cure for uterine fibroids.