Do you suffer from an overactive bladder (OAB)? If so, you’re not alone. OAB is a common condition that can impact your quality of life. But did you know that certain vitamins may help relieve symptoms? Here are three supplements to consider, according to the National Association of Continence. As with anything, always consult with your healthcare team before taking any vitamins or supplements.
- Vitamin D. Vitamin D is known to help with bone health, as well as the immune system, heart health, blood sugar levels, and mood regulation. Studies have also found that vitamin D deficiency is associated with a higher risk of pelvic floor disorders. And, in one study of older women, the risk of developing urinary incontinence was 45% lower among those with normal vitamin D levels.
The best way to get most of the vitamin D you need is from sun exposure, but it’s also found in many dairy products, such as milk, yogurt and eggs, fish and supplements.
- Magnesium: Magnesium helps your body with a host of functions, including lowering high blood pressure, regulating mood, and helping to guard against Type 2 diabetes. It also ensures our muscles and nerves function properly, and some experts believe that it may help improve incontinence symptoms by reducing bladder muscle spasms, and allowing the bladder to empty.
Good sources of magnesium: bananas, avocados, black beans, cooked quinoa, certain fish, dark leafy greens, nuts, and seeds.
- Vitamin C found in foods. A study done on vitamin c intake in 2060 women, aged 30-79 years of age found that high-dose intake of vitamin c and calcium were positively associated with urinary storage or incontinence, whereas vitamin C from foods and beverages were associated with decreased urinary urgency.
Good sources of Vitamin C can be found in citrus fruits, green and red peppers, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, leafy greens, sweet and white potatoes, and tomatoes (including tomato juice!). But steer clear of high dose supplements to avoid aggravating an already leaky bladder.
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