Remedies for Fibroids- Can Vitamin D Shrink Fibroids?
Remedies for fibroids for those seeking to avoid fibroid surgery
are widely talked about on the web, many natural or herbal remedies are mentioned on various sites (1).
As a trained yoga teacher and massage therapist I’ve been doing a lot of my own research, online and in books authored by various doctors. This problem affects so many black women and leads to many hysterectomies, sometimes with negative long term consequences. In fact according to the National Institute of Health (NIH) black women suffer from fibroids at a rate of three to four times that of white women.
I’ve speculated before on a link between fibroids and vitamin D deficiency, as it’s the obvious difference between black and white females is skin tone. Vitamin D is absorbed through exposure to sunlight, yet darker skin blocks more sun out!
Dr. Oz said once on Oprah, (I paraphrase,) that black people are wearing the equivalent of a 400 spf sunscreen all the time. Oprah said, “but isn’t that great?” And he replied well “no as Blacks have lower vitamin D levels, as a result.”
Thank God for education-that had such an impact on me that at my next check up I insisted on screening for vitamin D. It turned out I was very deficient! As a natural woman who tries to stay tuned in to my body. I had noticed I was literally craving sunlight-on school breaks I would go outside and while others sat in shade I chose to be where the sun could hit me. It felt so good (this was in Syracuse) a cloudy Northern city in the U.S. I would feel my whole mood lift and my body relax as a result.
African-American women are roughly 10 times more likely to be deficient in vitamin D than are white women. I also wondered why the powerful “powers that be” where not looking into this-perhaps the answer would not lead to an expensive new drug. If that is the case realize that there is no motivation for corporations to hunt for an answer. The only people who look for answers in such a case are those who think that a) they can provide a solution, ie. a drug or surgery and make a profit or b) government, if it appears that savings on health care could result & that the public good is at stake.
Those of us of African descent originated in parts of the globe that have stronger and longer sunlight. Also all of our ancestors-of any ethnic or racial group were out in the sunlight much much more than we are. Most of us work indoors much of the day now, under artificial lights, which can affect hormonal levels.
So I want to bring this news to your attention! The NIH in March of 2012 issued a release that was startling and really raised my hopes. It is titled “Vitamin D shrinks fibroid tumors in rats.” According to the release “Treatment with vitamin D reduced the size of uterine fibroids in laboratory rats predisposed to developing the benign tumors.” Some more facts from this article:
- Uterine fibroids are the most common noncancerous tumors in women of childbearing age.
- Thirty percent of women 25 to 44 years of age report fibroid-related symptoms, such as lower back pain, heavy vaginal bleeding or painful menstrual periods. Uterine fibroids also are associated with infertility and such pregnancy complications as miscarriage or preterm labor.
- A recent analysis by NIH scientists estimated that the economic cost of fibroids to the United States, in terms of health care expenses and lost productivity, may exceed $34 billion a year.
This is also at least the second study to show a link, “in previous research, the study authors found that vitamin D inhibited the growth of human fibroid cells in laboratory cultures.”
The amazing result in this study was that on average “uterine fibroids in the group receiving vitamin D were 75 percent smaller than those in the untreated group.
The amount of vitamin D the rats received each day was equivalent to a human dose of roughly 1,400 international units, according to the study.
According to the Office of Dietary Supplements at the NIH, “The recommended amount of vitamin D for teens and adults age 70 and under is 600 units daily, although up to 4,000 units is considered safe for children over age 9, adults, and for pregnant and breastfeeding females. Readers you should know that many researchers now are saying the RDA of 600 iu, for vitamin D is too low!
Vitamin D is also an essential nutrient for the health of muscle, bone and the immune system.
My opinion- get your vitamin D levels checked by your doctor, if you have fibroids and are a woman of color (Indian, Latino or African-American especially,) like me I bet they will be low!
Resources: (1)Check out this informative article on Natural Treatments Shrink and Eliminate Fibroid Tumors this is on the natural healing site, NaturalNews.com.
The Study cited in this article: NIH (Natural Institute Health)– Vitamin D Shrinks Fibroid Tumors in Rats.
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