The reduction in sex hormones among the women with the highest levels of vitamin D was observed even after taking into account how much weight the women lost, showing that the vitamin D had an independent effect on hormone levels, regardless of pounds shed.
Estrogen imbalance: Vitamin D deficiency may lead to lowered estrogen levels, which can cause depression, hot flashes, mood swings and more.
The team found a “positive correlation” between vitamin D and estradiol. In other words, women with lower levels of vitamin D tended also to have lower levels of estradiol, and women with higher levels of vitamin D tended also to have higher levels of estradiol.
Whilst many hormonal imbalances should be discussed with a doctor, vitamins can play an effective role in supporting and balancing the healthy hormone production in your body.
Some side effects of taking too much vitamin D include weakness, dry mouth, nausea, vomiting, and others. Taking vitamin D for long periods of time in doses higher than 4000 IU (100 mcg) daily is possibly unsafe and may cause very high levels of calcium in the blood.
The main consequence of vitamin D toxicity is a buildup of calcium in your blood (hypercalcemia), which can cause nausea and vomiting, weakness, and frequent urination. Vitamin D toxicity might progress to bone pain and kidney problems, such as the formation of calcium stones.
However, taking too much vitamin D in the form of supplements can be harmful. Children age 9 years and older, adults, and pregnant and breastfeeding women who take more than 4,000 IU a day of vitamin D might experience: Nausea and vomiting. Poor appetite and weight loss.
Several studies reported that vitamin D deficiency affects both insulin secretion and insulin resistance. Insulin resistance is a hallmark of the polycystic ovarian syndrome, one of the most common endocrine disorders that affects reproductive age women (13–16).
Researchers have found that low levels of Vitamin D may lead to lower estrogen levels, which can cause mood swings, headaches, depression, hot flashes, and more, especially during perimenopause and menopause. Boosting Vitamin D levels helps bring estrogen back into balance.
Symptoms of hormonal imbalances that affect your metabolism include: Slow heartbeat or rapid heartbeat (tachycardia). Unexplained weight gain or weight loss. Fatigue.
Vitamin D is likely to influence ovulatory and menstrual dysfunction by acting on genes that control AMH. Vitamin D has also been found to play a significant role in PCOS, which is often characterized by irregular periods and infertility.
Vitamin D likely executes its control on ovarian function and hence the menstrual cycle through anti-mullerian hormone (AMH) receptors, which also share a domain for the vitamin D response element (3, 6). Vitamin D supplementation in a high dose can correct metabolic disorders associated with PCOS (7, 8).
Without it, you can experience hormonal imbalances such as: Estrogen imbalance. A deficiency in vitamin D can lead to lower estrogen levels, which can cause depression, hot flashes, mood swings, and much more.
According to the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF), vitamin D plays three critical roles in bone health: (1) increasing calcium absorption from food in the intestine, (2) ensuring the correct renewal and mineralization of bone, and (3) helping to keep muscles strong and reducing the risk of falls.
Examples of ovarian suppression drugs are goserelin (Zoladex) and leuprolide (Lupron). Blocking estrogen production: Drugs called aromatase inhibitors are used to block the activity of an enzyme called aromatase, which the body uses to make estrogen in the ovaries and in other tissues.
Vitamin B complex. Vitamin B complex is necessary for the functioning of the nervous system, gastrointestinal system, and cardiovascular system. Its deficiency can lead to hormonal imbalance in your body which can lead to beriberi, which is characterised by pain and paralysis of legs and arms.
In general, the two main causes of vitamin D deficiency are: Not getting enough vitamin D in your diet and/or through sunlight. Your body isn't properly absorbing or using vitamin D.
Between late March/early April to the end of September, most people can make all the vitamin D they need through sunlight on their skin and from a balanced diet. You may choose not to take a vitamin D supplement during these months.
Therefore, conditions that affect the gut and digestion, like celiac disease, chronic pancreatitis, Crohn's disease, and cystic fibrosis, can reduce vitamin D absorption.
If you've been prescribed high-dose vitamin D, work closely with your doctor to monitor your blood levels. It can take three months or more to bring them back up, but once they're good, you can stop the high doses and return to a lower vitamin D supplement for maintenance.