Women's Wellness 2 MIN READ 141 VIEWS February 24, 2021

The Role Of Vitamin D in PCOS

Written By Jyoti Jaswal

vitamin D and PCOS

Vitamin D is not only a vitamin but a hormone too, which means body cells have vitamin D receptors on them. Insufficient amounts of vitamin D can impact most of the systems in the body. A vitamin D deficiency leads to poor bone mineralization and also causes numerous chronic diseases, such as metabolic syndrome, diabetes, cancer, heart disease,  and hypertension. 

Most women who deal with infertility issues have an underlying condition known as PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome). According to studies, vitamin D deficiency is found in women suffering from PCOS, an essential component required to conceive. There is a direct link between vitamin D and female reproduction or vitamin D and pcos. In reproductive-age women vitamin D deficiency is common, and vitamin D is responsible for regulating different endometrial and ovarian functions.  

Vitamin D is a crucial vitamin for PCOS. Here are three reasons how vitamin d and PCOS are related to each other and how they affect your body. 

Promotes Fertility Health

Vitamin D improves egg quality, helps in egg development, and overall fertility. According to a study, infertile PCOS women experienced improvements in menstrual regularity after three months of consuming 1000 mg of calcium and 400IU per day of vitamin D. 

Vitamin D status has also improved pregnancy rates and fertility during reproduction therapy. Women with vitamin D deficiency and PCOS had less mature follicles and pregnancy rates. 

Improves Metabolic Health 

One of the vitamin D deficiency symptoms is metabolic risks which can impact your cholesterol, insulin resistance, triglycerides, and testosterone levels. According to a study, overweight women with PCOS who took vitamin D supplementation for 2 months saw improvements in their triglycerides, insulin, and cholesterol levels. It also reduced blood pressure and testosterone in women. 

Better Mood 

Women with PCOS can experience more from depression than one without this condition. It has been found that vitamin D deficiency can cause depression in both women with and without PCOS. So, try to maintain your vitamin D PCOS levels for better mental health

How Much Vitamin D Is Required? 

The ideal amount of vitamin D, for women suffering with PCOS is unknown. The daily recommended consumption for vitamin D is 600 IU per day, but this might not be sufficient for many women suffering with PCOS.

Best Sources Of Vitamin D

Some of the foods that contain a significant amount of vitamin D are milk or cereals fortified with vitamin D, cereals, eggs, fatty fish etc. While basking in the skin gives you as much as 90% of the body’s vitamin D. There are various reasons for low levels of vitamin D. Talk to your physician, insist that you get tested for vitamin D3 and PCOS, and make sure that your vitamin D level is in the normal range.

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