Vitamin D levels may be an indicator of the risk of uterine fibroids in women. Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin that is used by the body to maintain strong bones (Schlenker & Roth, 2013).
Vitamin D is also helpful in maintaining immune function.
Vitamin D deficiency may impact the development of various ailments including uterine fibroids.
According to Baird, et al., (2013) the active metabolite of vitamin D is capable of inhibiting cell proliferation and extracellular matrix production in fibroid tissue and has been proven to be effective in reducing the volume of fibroids in the Ecker rat.
Women with sufficient amounts of vitamin D are estimated to have a 32% lower chance of developing uterine fibroids. By incorporating more vitamin D rich foods into the diet or supplementing the diet, women can significantly lower their risk of developing uterine fibroids.
Vitamin D rich foods include fatty fish like tuna and salmon, fortified foods such as orange juice and cereal, beef liver, cheese and egg yolks. The best vegan option would be the fortified foods.
But if you spend a lot of time outside chances are you’re already getting loads of vitamin D from the sun!
For further reading . . .
Baird, D., Hill, M. C., Schectman, J. M., & Hollis, B. W. (2013). Vitamin D and the Risk of Uterine Fibroids. Epidemiology, 447-453.
Schlenker, E., & Roth, S. L. (2013). William’s essentials of nutrition and diet therapy. St. Louis: Mosby.