The relationship between Vitamin D and Cancer

Doctors have known that low levels of vitamin D are linked to certain kinds of cancers as well as to diabetes and asthma, but new research also shows that vitamin D can kill human cancer cells.

Evidence suggests that vitamin D (Vitamin D3) may be protective against some cancers. Clinical studies now show vitamin D deficiency to be associated with four of the most common cancers: Breast, Prostate, Colon and Skin.

It is well established that Vitamin D (Vitamin D3) acts as an effective regulator of cell growth and differentiation in a number of different cell types, including cancer cells. Through this action, Vitamin D behaves as a protective factor, which decreases the risk of getting cancer.

Vitamin D may also go beyond cancer prevention and provide tumor therapy. There has been a great deal of excitement about pharmaceutical angiogenesis inhibitors agents that help inhibit the growth of new, undesirable blood vessels that tumors require for nutrient supply and growth. Laboratory tests have shown vitamin D to be a natural and potent angiogenesis inhibitor.

Vitamin D is also known as the “sunshine vitamin” because the body manufactures the vitamin after being exposed to sunshine. Ten to fifteen minutes of sunshine 3 times weekly is enough to produce the body’s requirement of vitamin D. However, many people living in sunny climates still do not make enough vitamin D and need more from their diet or supplementation. Dietary sources of Vitamin D include dairy products, fish, and fortified cereals.

Are you getting enough Vitamin D? Learn more about normal Vitamin D levels today.