Vitamin D for Menstrual Pain
Score one more for vitamin D. In this small, placebo-controlled study, vitamin D markedly decreased menstrual cramps vs. placebo.
In the study, researchers gave a single, high vitamin D dose of 300,000 IU. I would recommend daily sunshine and 25,000 IU daily for 2 weeks. After that, the 2,000 IU of vitamin D in the daily dose of a good multivitamin powder should be enough to maintain the benefits
"Improvement of Primary Dysmenorrhea Caused by a Single Oral Dose of Vitamin D: Results of a Randomized, Double-blind, Placebo-Controlled Study," Lasco, A., Catalano, A., Benvenga S., "Improvement of Primary Dysmenorrhea Caused by a Single Oral Dose of Vitamin D: Results of a Randomized, Double-blind, Placebo-Controlled Study," Archives of Internal Medicine, Vol 72 (NO. 4), Feb 27, 2012. 366.
Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D. is one of the world's leading integrative medical authorities on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. He is the lead author of eight research studies on their effective treatments, and has published numerous health & wellness books, including the bestseller on fibromyalgia From Fatigued to Fantastic! and The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution. Dr. Teitelbaum is one of the most frequently quoted fibromyalgia experts in the world and appears often as a guest on news and talk shows nationwide including Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, Oprah & Friends, CNN, and Fox News Health.