We all need a little bit of sunshine in our lives, not just because it makes us feel so much better and puts a spring in our step. Exposure to the sun helps our bodies make Vitamin D, a much-needed vitamin in any PCOS Diet.
Why is Vitamin D important for PCOS?
Vitamin D is important for insulin resistance, breast health, mood and weight loss. And here’s the kicker: most women with PCOS are deficient in Vitamin D (83% to be exact).
How Calcium fits in with Vitamin D
So, what’s the deal with calcium? Well, Vitamin D is needed for Calcium to absorbed by the body so if your Vitamin D levels are low, chances are you’re also in need of a Calcium boost. Calcium is also important in follicle maturation and egg development.
In a recent study, 100 women with PCOS were divided into two groups. The first group was given Metformin only, while the second group was given Metformin and Vitamin D and Calcium supplements.
After 6 months, the women in the second group had lost more weight, had more regular menstrual cycles, more mature follicles and an improvement in male hormone levels in their blood stream.
The researchers do say that the differences between the two groups were not big enough to be statistically important. But I bet they made a HUGE difference to the women in group 2! I’d love more mature follicles to improve my fertility and help with losing weight!
So, I have started on Vitamin D and Calcium supplements and I think it’s worth thinking about for you too!
If you’re already taking Vitamin D and Calcium, I’d love to hear how it’s helped and if you’ve noticed any changes. Please leave me a comment below and let me know your thoughts!