Vitamin D cuts cancer risk by up to 67 percent, according to new research from the Institute of Medicine.
Checking your vitamin D status is important. “Ideally, you want to maintain a vitamin D level of 40 to 60 ng/ml year-round,” said Dr. Mercola, a leading health expert and physician. “Based on mounting research, 40 ng/ml appears to be the “magic” number at which a whole host of health benefits are reaped.”
Vitamin D deficiency is linked to man conditions, including heart disease, stroke, hypertension, autoimmune conditions, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and so much more.
Add to this list cancers, including cancers of the: breast, colon, ovaries, prostate, esophagus, lymphatic, and melanoma.
Now, the Institute of Medicine is reporting that vitamin D cuts cancer risk by up to 67 percent.
In a study that lasted just over a year involving over 400,000 adults, those who had the least vitamin D had an 88 percent increase in the risk of death from any cause.
Dr. Mercola weighed in about the study:
This is the kind of benefit I’m talking about when I say it would be wise to temper fears of melanoma — the deadliest form of skin cancer — and weigh that risk against other benefits, such as a significantly reduced risk of death from any disease.Moreover, by adhering to sensible sun exposure guidelines and making sure you do not get burned, you can maximize your benefits and minimize the risks of skin damage that could lead to skin cancer. On the whole, overexposure, not avoiding all sun exposure, is the real problem when it comes to raising your risk for skin cancer.
This is not the first evidence of vitamin D’s cancer benefits, as a previous study published in the journal Anticancer Research showed that a vitamin D level of 50 ng/ml was associated with a 50 percent lower risk of cancer.
Another study from Montreal’s McGill University showed that vitamin D blocked some cancer-causing proteins.
To get your daily dose of vitamin D it is recommended to do the following:
‣ Eat Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon
‣ Take Vitamin D supplements
‣ Get daily exposure to sun (about 10 minutes). Do not forget wearing a sunscreen.
Note: Make sure you get your vitamin D supplements from a reputable source.