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Study: Vitamin D may offer reproductive benefits

November 12, 2008 by  

Vitamin D could be linked to fertility healthVitamin D may be helpful for women having reproductive difficulties, according to a new study.

Researchers from Yale University determined that of 67 infertile women who participated in their study, 93 percent had low or clinically deficient levels of Vitamin D.

"Of note, not a single patient with either ovulatory disturbance or polycystic ovary syndrome demonstrated normal Vitamin D levels," the London Telegraph quoted Dr. Lubna Pal of Yale as saying.

Pal went on to say that Vitamin D treatment could become an "alternative approach" in resuming normal ovulation functions.

Vitamin D is thought to have a number of other useful medical properties and is important in regulating the body’s health. For example, Science Daily reported this month that it could help protect the body from low-level radiation damage.

In past research, low Vitamin D levels have been linked to breast cancer. Many people turn to nutritional supplements to make sure they are taking in an adequate amount of the vitamin.

A small amount of direct sunlight each day should be enough to avoid Vitamin D deficiencies, while dietary may sources include eggs, fish (including cod liver oil) and fortified milk.
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