Growing up our parents told us to drink lots of milk to promote vitamin D needed to build strong bones. Well, it turns out vitamin D is not just good for healthy bones but is effective in preventing uterine fibroids.
A study published in the journal of medicine found that vitamin D addition in women with low vitamin D levels reduced the growth of “small burden” uterine fibroids.
Women who have sufficient amounts of vitamin D made by the skin naturally by spending more than 30 minutes out in the sun each day are 32% less likely to develop fibroids than women with insufficient vitamin D
Apart from the sun and milk, vitamin D is found in in food supplements such as:
- Sweet potatoes
- Wheat germ
- Leafy green vegetables
- Egg yolk
Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous tumors of the uterus. They often result in pain, and bleeding in perimenopausal women and are the leading cause of removal of the uterus. Increased risk factors include ethnicity, elevated BMI, age, premenopausal status, hypertension, family history, and food additives.
Research suggests that vitamin D deficiency plays a role in uterine fibroid development, as vitamin D levels are significantly lower in patients with uterine fibroids compared to patients without them.