New research linking Vitamin D levels to regulation of ovarian hormones shows Vitamin D status may play an essential role in female reproduction and fertility.
49 women, ages 19 through 25, participated in this study. The criteria for women to participate in this research were as follows:
Participants must have regular menstrual cycles
Participants could not be pregnant
Participants had not breastfed within the past two months
Participants had not supplemented with Vitamin D
Participants had not travelled to the northern hemisphere
Participants had not used a tanning booth or sunbed
Participants were given a Vitamin D supplement or a placebo during the week after their menstrual period began. Changes in AMH levels (anti-Mullerian hormone levels) were analyzed. The anti-Mullerian hormone is an ovarian regulator however; its function is largely unknown. Results of the study showed a single dose of oral Vitamin D generated a sharp change in the serum levels of 25(OH)D (the most accurate measure of Vitamin D in the body). A progressive rise in the participants AMH levels was also seen. These findings support the theory the Vitamin D has a positive effect on a women’s fertility and may involve the regulation of AMH levels.
Researchers strongly suggest further clinical studies are needed.
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