Vitamin D has been associated with reduced risk for various diseases, but this is the first to examine the connection to fibroids, benign tumors of the uterus that can cause pain and bleeding.
via Nutrition: Vitamin D and Uterine Fibroids – NYTimes.com.
I always ask clients to have their Vitamin D levels checked when they get blood work. I like to see levels of at least 70, much higher than is considered “adequate” conventionally. You also need to take the right form of Vit K plus Vit A in order to get the benefits of D to bones, hormones and the immune system.
To raise Vitamin D, I usually suggest 5000 units a night; to maintain, 2000 units. While some doctors prescribe 50,000 units and more at a time, I do not believe the body can absorb and utilize that high a dose at once. As with many health changes, slow and steady is a better way to go.
When your doctor looks at your blood work (or someone in their office), they generally only look to see if you’re in or out of the reference range. By the time you’re out, you’re in big trouble. When I look at blood work, I am looking for patterns and relationships, for whether you are absorbing minerals, and have the right ones to rebalance your hormones, whether you have indications for chronic infections, heavy metals or pesticide exposure, stressed or burned out adrenals, are heading towards osteoporosis, whether you’re acid or alkaline, and so much more. All that can be seen in your basic blood work, if you know how to read it.
Looking at lab work is part of every initial consultation with me, and should be reviewed periodically to monitor changes and improvements.