Medical researchers aren’t yet claiming that the cure to cancer has been found. However, they may have identified an important vitamin which can deter the growth of cancer cells.
1,658,370 new cases of cancer have been diagnosed in the United States, in the year 2015. This is quite a large number, not taking into account the existing cancer patients in the country.
Vitamin D is associated not only with cancer, but also with mental health problems such as depression. People with low levels of Vitamin D also have low levels of the brain hormone serotonin. An individual with Vitamin D deficiency has a higher chance of being depressed, due to the fluctuation in their moods.
Other problems of Vitamin D deficiency may include:
– Bone pain
– Severe asthma in children
– Excess sweating
– Chronic pain
– Muscle weakness
– Cognitive impairment
A major contributor to cancer is Vitamin D deficiency, and the problem is that too few people are aware that they lack this particular vitamin. It is shocking to know that about 70% of American children and 75% of U.S. adults do not get enough Vitamin D from the sun shine or in their diet.
Vitamin D is rick in milk, yogurt, tuna, orange juice, mushrooms, fatty fish, and from the sun light. Oral supplements can also provide the important Vitamin D3.
This vitamin is essential in preventing heart disease, cancer and diabetes. There is a theory that Vitamin D in the body may actually be the missing link in the fight against cancer.
There aren’t thorough researches that can actually link both Vitamin D deficiency with cancer, but scientists are suspecting that there is a missing link yet to be discovered. Vitamin D is important for calcium absorption and bone growth. It also maintains the cardiovascular, autoimmune and other bodily systems.
A study conducted by Robert Heaney and Joan Lappe in 2007, saw menopausal women given vitamin D, to ensure its levels in their body were at 40 ng/ml. These women were studied four years later, and it was interesting to note that there was a 77% reduction in cancer incidences in these women. Dr. Cecdric Garland also conducted a research on Vitamin D, and has explained that Vitamin D ingestion by individuals cut the incidences of breast cancer by 50%.
There has been an adjustment to the daily allowance of Vitamin D.
– For individuals aged 1-70 years: 600 IU/day
– Infants (0-12 months): 1,000 IU/day
Vitamin D may be the missing piece in the cure against cancer. Therefore, it is important that we maintain a healthy level of Vitamin D in our body for bone and muscle health, and also as a way to minimize the risk against cancer.