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Vitamin D Protects Against Cancers

A study from Japan has found that vitamin D offers protection against cancers. As reported by The Guardian, higher vitamin D levels were linked to lower cancer risks, especially liver cancer. Study participants in the highest quartile of vitamin D levels had a 22 percent lower risk of cancer than those in the lowest quartile. 

Based on the overwhelming amount of evidence at our disposal, optimizing vitamin D is one of the foundational strategies that really need to be part of any comprehensive cancer treatment plan, yet from the looks of it, it's not.

Vitamin D influences virtually every cell in your body, which is part of why it's effective against so many different kinds of cancer and other disease states. Your organs convert the vitamin D in your bloodstream into calcitriol, which is the hormonal or activated version of vitamin D. Your organs then use calcitrol to repair damage, including that from cancer cells. Vitamin D also triggers apoptosis (cell death) in cancer cells.

The same organizations that promote sun avoidance also recommend addressing any vitamin D insufficiency by eating vitamin D fortified foods or taking supplements. This, despite the fact that most vitamin D experts believe this is not as safe and effective as sensible sun exposure.

Thousands of studies have been done on the health effects of vitamin D, and research shows it is involved in the biology of all cells and tissues in your body, including your immune cells. Your cells actually need the active form of vitamin D to gain access to the genetic blueprints stored inside.

This is one of the reasons why vitamin D has the ability to impact such a wide variety of health problems — from fetal development to cancer. Unfortunately, despite being easy and inexpensive to address, vitamin D deficiency is epidemic around the world.
 
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