You may have heard about a new study which has been reported as suggesting that sunshine can have a positive impact on your fertility. In fact, the study carried out by researchers at Edinburgh University, investigated the fertility of sheep on a remote Scottish island and found that the sheep with higher levels of vitamin D in their blood at the end of the summer had more lambs the following spring. Vitamin D is found in some foods, but is also produced in the skin after exposure to sunlight.
This isn’t the first study to link vitamin D and fertility, but many of the studies have looked at animals. Although more research is clearly needed, it does seem that vitamin D may have a positive effect on fertility. You can read more about the new research from Edinburgh University here
Some interesting new research from Italy suggests that women who are lacking in Vitamin D are only half as likely to get pregnant using IVF as those who have sufficient Vitamin D levels. The researchers looked at just over 300 women who had IVF treatment and there were significant differences in success rates between those who were deficient in Vitamin D and those who were not.
Vitamin D is found in oily fish (such as salmon, sardines and mackerel), eggs, fortified spreads and breakfast cereals – but is also manufactured in our bodies when skin is exposed to summer sunlight. So a good excuse to make sure you get outside and enjoy some sunshine when you can (with all the normal caveats about protecting your skin from too much sun of course…)
You can read more about the research here