More and more research is being published on the health benefits of Vitamin D. The latest is particularly exciting to me. In the June issue of Journal of Nutrition, the author’s report that as Vitamin D levels improved in pregnant women, the prevalence of bacterial vaginosis (BV) decreased. The author’s conclude that Vitamin D’s strong influence on the immune system plays a role in BV prevention. This is a significant finding since pregnant woman with BV are at higher risk for preterm delivery.
The most accurate way to assess Vitamin D status is by measuring 25(OH) vitamin D levels in the blood. As 25(OH) vitamin D levels approached 80 nmol/liter, the prevalence of BV decreased.
Bacterial Vaginosis is the most common vaginal infection in women. It is characterized by a “fishy” smelling, off-white, thin, discharge. Women may also experience itchiness, burning and irritation. Vaginal pH, vaginal flora and a woman’s immune system all contribute to BV.
Vitamin D should be a part of every woman’s prenatal blood panel as a way to prevent BV and thus lower the risks of preterm delivery. Bacterial Vaginosis is also a concern among non-pregnant women. Assessing vitamin D levels should also be part of the work-up in any woman experiencing recurrent BV.
We can add Bacterial Vaginosis prevention to the impressive list of health benefits of Vitamin D:
1. Heart disease prevention
2. Cancer prevention
3. Osteoporosis prevention
4. Enhances immune system
5. Supports insulin secretion
6. Musculoskeletal support
7. Mood support
8. PMS support
9. Prevents and helps treat autoimmune conditions (lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, diabetes)
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