A recent study published in the journal Maturitas, found that vitamin D and calcium supplements did not improve menopausal symptoms.
Menopause elicits large physiological changes in women, often resulting in symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, sleep problems, mood swings, weight gain and osteoporosis.
Vitamin D status has been linked to an increased risk of fractures among menopausal women. Though, research has not thoroughly investigated the relationship between vitamin D and menopausal symptoms.
A recent study analyzed data from 34,157 women who were part of the Women’s Health Initiative, one of the largest clinical trials that has addressed the most common health issues for menopausal women.
During the trial, half of the women received a daily vitamin D supplement of 400 IU along with calcium while the other half received a placebo pill for seven years.
The researchers found that the women who took vitamin D and calcium supplements had the same number of menopausal symptoms as those who took placebo pills.
Lead author of the study, Dr. Erin LeBlanc, concluded,
“Our study suggests that women should not rely on vitamin D and calcium supplements to relieve menopausal symptoms, but there are important caveats.”
It’s important to note that the dosage of vitamin D used in the experiment is much lower than the 5000 IU of vitamin D that the Vitamin D Council recommends. The low vitamin D dosage likely contributes to the lack of significant findings from the trial. Therefore, further research is needed to evaluate the effects of vitamin D supplementation on menopausal symptoms.