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.
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.