Since I started researching on the benefits of vitamin D, it has become abundantly clear that most of us are very deficient. We absorb around 95% of our body's supply of vitamin D(3) from the sun and around 5% from food (vitamin D2). Now, if you're living in the UK like me and your heading into the cold, grey winter months, it becomes pretty obvious that we have a problem. Add to that the fact that most people have a poor diet and experience stress far more than they should do and before you know it we have a very serious problem : a huge percentage of people and, from what I've seen, women who are experiencing serious health complaints.
In my previous article, I highlighted the links between hormonal and metabolic disorders in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), and vitamin D deficiency. But PCOS is just one of countless disorders that is linked to vitamin D deficiency. Another similar disorder is endometriosis.
So what is endometriosis? Endometriosis is a condition in which cells similar to those in the endometrium, the layer of tissue that normally covers the inside of the uterus, grow outside the uterus. Most often this in the ovaries, fallopian tubes and tissue around the uterus and ovaries. However, in rare cases it may also occur in other parts of the body. Here is a staggering fact that I found very disturbing : there are over a million women in the UK with endometriosis! And how many more are there that haven't been diagnosed? To my way of thinking this would strongly indicate that something has seriously gone wrong somewhere.
While there may be other nutritional deficiencies involved in the onset of endometriosis (magnesium being one), it is now well established that the vast majority of women with the disorder have very low levels of vitamin D. Studies have strongly indicated that vitamin D can reduce inflammation, reduce the spread of cells, and reduce the formation of blood vessels to lesions which as a result can control the occurrence and growth of endometriosis. As I've mentioned before, all your cell tissues have vitamin D receptors on them and require a constant supply to function normally.
In my opinion it is important that anyone living in a country where the sun goes missing for months on end, need to be supplementing with vitamin D, but for women suffering with disorders like endometriosis it is absolutely essential.
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