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Vitamin D and Cancer
Vitamin D isn't really
a vitamin. Since vitamin D is usually produced by the body's largest organ,
the skin, it's really a hormone. For a chemical substance to qualify as a
hormone, it needs to be produced by one of the body's organs.
Not only do plants
need sunlight to be healthy, humans also need it. Long ago, sunlight
exposure was the only way humans got adequate amounts of vitamin D. Most
foods are vitamin D-free or contain small traces of it - not enough for best
health. The human skin is designed to photosynthesize large amounts of
vitamin D from sunlight exposure.
discovered vitamin D deficiencies among the following people:
|People spending most
of their time indoors|
covering all their skin with clothing|
slathering on sunscreen|
|People aged 50 and
excessive body fat|
inflammatory bowel disease|
|People living far from the equator. For example, the following cities have
high cancer rates: Seattle, Toronto, Boston, London, Dublin, Helsinki,
Copenhagen, Berlin, Moscow and Anchorage.|
found that dark-skinned people are more susceptible to vitamin D deficiency,
because their skin filters out more sunlight than light-skinned people.
researchers discovered that many of these vitamin D-deficient people
developed medical conditions such as cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis,
obesity, heart disease, clinical depression, chronic anxiety, fibromyalgia,
rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease,
Alzheimer's disease, psoriasis, eczema, high blood pressure, bone softening
diseases, chronic pain, muscle weakness, viral infections, polycystic ovary
syndrome and migraine headaches.
Can vitamin D cure
cancer? Surprisingly, the answer is yes, maybe it can.
Vitamin D is a
powerful hormone that regulates and repairs bodily cells. If you have
adequate amounts of vitamin D in your body, the cancer cells in your
body stop growing and dividing uncontrollably, stop invading and
destroying other bodily tissues, stop spreading throughout your body,
and begin specialization for specific bodily functions.
Also the cancer cells
lose their immortality, and begin to die normally. Vitamin D forces cancer
cells to behave like normal cells.
The singular most
important cause of cancer is vitamin D deficiency. Most, if not all, cancer
patients are vitamin D deficient.
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Very few foods in
nature contain vitamin D. The flesh of fish (such as salmon, tuna, and
mackerel) and fish liver oils are among the best sources. Small amounts of
vitamin D are found in beef liver, cheese and egg yolks. Vitamin D in these
foods is primarily in the form of vitamin D3. Some mushrooms
provide vitamin D3 in variable amounts.
Vitamin D supplements
have the potential to interact with several types of medications. A few
examples are provided below. Individuals taking these medications on a
regular basis should discuss vitamin D intakes with their healthcare
Corticosteroid medications such as prednisone, often prescribed to reduce
inflammation, can reduce calcium absorption and impair vitamin D metabolism.
These effects can further contribute to the loss of bone and the development
of osteoporosis associated with their long-term use.
VITAMIN D DOSE
In the past, people
believed that taking 600 IU (International Units) of vitamin D daily was
enough for good health. Currently, researchers found that adults need at
least 4,000 IU of vitamin D daily for therapeutic anticancer effects.
But how much is too
much? Doesn't vitamin D become toxic at high doses? Vitamin D does become
toxic at high doses, but it's much higher than you think. Researchers
recently found that to poison yourself with vitamin D, you need to take at
least 40,000 IU of vitamin D daily.
So if you have cancer,
a strong and safe therapeutic dose of vitamin D could range between 10,000
IU and 20,000 IU daily.
WHERE DO I BUY VITAMIN
You can buy vitamin D
tablets at vitamin and retail stores. It's more convenient to buy tablets
that have the highest dose per tablet.
Vitamin D tablets come
in two forms, vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol) and vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol).
Since vitamin D3 is more potent than vitamin D2, buy vitamin D3 tablets.
Liquid vitamin D can be obtained, which allows the consumption of higher
Supplements are a
reliable -- and safe -- source of vitamin D. The key is buying the right
type of supplement. Most multivitamins are fortified with the current AI for
vitamin D; 400 IU. Check the label to make sure the vitamin you choose is
made with the D3 form (it may be listed as cholecalciferol).
Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug
Administration. The products and information contained herein are not
intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any diseases
or medical problems. This is not intended to replace your
doctor's recommendations. The information is provided for educational
purposes only. Nutritional benefits may vary from one person to another.