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Can we put the brakes on cancer with Vitamin D?  According to the American Cancer Society and the Bone and Cancer Foundation, Vitamin D may be the pill to take to do so.

Research in lab animals suggests that higher levels of Vitamin D in the body may be linked to lower cancer risk.  They both conclude that further research and studies are required to determine whether a lack of vitamin D will increase your risk of getting cancer, whether cancer results in Vitamin D deficiency, or if there is some other relationship between the two.

Another study published in the latest edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that Vitamin D appears to slow down the production of a protein that drives cell division.  This protein is active at elevated levels in more than half of all cancers.  This study found that Vitamin D strongly stimulates the production of a natural antagonist of cMYC called MXDI, essentially shutting down cMYC function.

Researchers are just starting to examine how Vitamin D may impact specific features of cancer, such as the stage or extent of tumor spread, prognosis, recurrence or relapse of disease, and even sub-types of cancer.

Low levels of vitamin D are a definite red flag that your good bill of health is being threatened. Vitamin D deficiency is an underlying cause of many poor health conditions, as well as a major factor contributing to the exacerbation of symptoms of other diseases.

When more than three-quarters of cancer patients have insufficient levels of Vitamin D that raises a red flag.  It also brings into question how Vitamin D fits into the equation.

It can be the matter of which comes first, the hen or the egg.  Does Vitamin D deficiency cause cancer or are people with cancer more likely to develop a Vitamin D deficiency?  Research has shown that people with cancer and people undergoing treatment for cancer are commonly Vitamin D deficient.

Will a loss of appetite resulting in an insufficient intake of dietary Vitamin D be enough to cause this deficiency?  Or does loss of energy or the desire to exercise or go outdoors contribute to the intake of lower levels of Vitamin D which eventually leads to a deficiency?

Fighting cancer and undergoing cancer treatment are two factors that are likely to cause a patient to have a loss of appetite and not feel well enough to spend time outdoors.  Therefore, it is highly recommended that cancer patients have their Vitamin D levels checked and take Vitamin D supplements to prevent health problems caused by a Vitamin D deficiency.

The causes of low Vitamin D can be very complex, but ensuring you get enough is easy with supplementation.  According to the American Cancer Society, some studies have suggested that Vitamin D supplementation during cancer treatment may help chemotherapy work better for the patient and may even slow the progression of certain cancers.

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These studies suggest that Vitamin D may slow the progression of cells from pre-malignant to malignant states and put the brakes on their proliferation or keep them in check.

More and more doctors are recommending that Baby Boomers increase their intake of Vitamin D to at least 5,000 IUs daily to improve bone health, strengthen the immune system, and help prevent cancer.

Do you know what your Vitamin D level is?  If not, see your doctor soon to undergo testing and discuss Vitamin D supplements to prevent health problems.

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3 Comments

  1. Debi J says:

    One doctor put me on 4,000IU a day to help prevent breast cancer cause I’m high risk. I stopped for a while and most recently mine was low again so the doctor upped it to 6,000IU for now. Checking again in 6 months.

    My son’s was low too and he’s only 26 and we live in Arizona, so people shouldn’t think they won’t have that issue because of age or how often the sun shines. So many products contain sunscreen now and people are working longer hours inside so a lot of us aren’t getting enough nowadays.

    Great article to remind people there are reasons to have it checked!

  2. Shan says:

    Hi Iris

    That’s got some useful info in it. I’m at medium risk from bowel cancer and interested in anything that could keep it at bay.

    At 56, I guess I should be taking a Vitamin D supplement anyway.

    Shan

  3. Iris says:

    Shan,

    I’m glad the information was helpful! Of course, you should consult with your doctor first, but I would strongly suggest that you take vitamin D3 supplements to help prevent cancer, strengthen your bones and strengthen your immune system. Recent case studies and medical research strongly suggest that vitamin D plays a very important role in preventing and/or halting the progression of cancer.

    You are on the right track by actively researching ways to prevent and cure issues you are dealing with. During your research or when you come across something promising, take notes and jot down questions. Call or schedule an appointment to discuss what you’ve found with your healthcare professional.

    Wishing you the best!

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