Published on March 27th, 2012 | by No Artificial14
Fight Cancer With Vitamin D
Vitamin D is an important factor in cancer prevention.
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble steroid vitamin, which is needed for the absorption and metabolism of calcium and phosphorous. The sun is the best natural source of this essential vitamin. Vitamin D is also found in some foods, such as milk and other diary products.
People who are exposed at least one or twice a week to sunlight do not need vitamin D supplements but many adults, especially those who live in northern area and the elderly, may not be getting enough of it. Also people with dark skin do not absorb sunlight as easily as those with light skin, so their risk of vitamin D deficiency is even higher. Many studies have shown that low levels of vitamin D are linked to depression, osteoporosis and other bone disorders, diabetes and heart disease. But there is also some new evidence that getting enough vitamin D may lower the risk of certain cancers, especially of the colon, breast, prostate, skin, and pancreas.
Vitamin D Fights Cancer
One piece of evidence that supports a role for vitamin D in cancer prevention comes from the research done at Albany, State University of New York. Part of the research involves taking human breast cancer cells and treating them with a potent form of vitamin D. Within a few days, half the cancer cells shriveled up and died. Jo Ellen Welsh, a researcher with the State University of New York at Albany, said the vitamin has the same effect as a drug used for breast cancer treatment. The vitamin’s effects were even more dramatic on breast cancer cells injected into mice.
After several weeks of treatment, the cancer tumors in the mice shrank by an average of more than 50 percent. Some tumors even disappeared. Similar results results have been accomplished on colon and prostate cancer tumors in mice.
Today, more and more research suggests that Vitamin D can help prevent cancer and even may assist in fighting the effects of this disease. Everybody who wants to beat cancer, should ensure that they have an adequate daily intake of Vitamin D.