Statistics say that the number of cancer patients is growing every single day, and modern medicine still hasn’t found or confirmed a cure for this fatal disease.
In the year 2016, more than 1,5 million new patients have been diagnosed with cancer in the United States alone. That’s a sobering statistic, especially when you consider that those are just new cases not including existing ones.
While medical researchers still won’t claim that they have found a cure to cancer, they may have come pretty close with the newest discovery about an important essential vitamin.
According to latest statistical data, nearly 70% of American children and 75% adults are vitamin D deficient (so-called sunshine vitamin). This vitamin might not be so important if it weren’t for its role in preventing nearly every ailment from cancer to heart disease and even diabetes. An adequate daily amount of the nutrient is a healthy contributor to general health and increasing one’s intake may even be the missing link to the cure for cancer.
What seems to be a real problem in relation to vitamin D and its link to cancer is that most people are unaware of their vitamin D deficiency. Although you can precisely determine your vitamin D levels through a blood test, there are also signs and symptoms your body is sending when you lack this vitamin, and these commonly include:
- Bone pain
- Muscle weakness
- Severe asthma, especially in children
- Cognitive impairment, particularly in older adults
- Excessive sweating – Sweating that appears with no physical exertion or elevated temperature is a common indicator of low vitamin D levels.
- Chronic pain
- Depression – According to research, vitamin D deficiency raises the risk of depression for 11 times. This is due to the reduces release of serotonin (the hormone of happiness), which influences our mood.
While the evidence isn’t entirely confirmed, there are several studies that have indicated that vitamin D has a unique link to cancer.
One such study was conducted by Joan Lappe and Robert Heaney in 2007. The study involved a group of menopausal women who took vitamin D supplements in order to raise their levels to 40mg/ml. The results were astonishing: the risk of developing all kinds of cancer was reduced by 77% in 4 years.
Dr. Cedric Garlan, in his study, found that the deficiency of this vitamin is directly related to certain cancer types, in most cases, breast cancer. Moreover, this scientist believes that the risk of this type of cancer can be decreased by half in the case of sufficient amounts of vitamin D in the organism.
Research hasn’t established a causal relationship between vitamin D deficiency and cancer, but it is showing an undeniable link between the two. That may be because vitamin D is important for so many of the body’s functions. Vitamin D is essential for the body to absorb calcium and promote bone growth, but it also helps regulate the function of the cardiovascular system, autoimmune system, and other bodily systems.
Since cancer patients need larger amounts of this essential vitamin, oral supplementation is necessary, primary in the form of vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol). According to researchers, recommended daily intake of vitamin D3 for cancer patients is 2000-4000IU.
This vitamin also can be found in some dietary sources such as wild caught fatty fish, raw milk, raw yogurt, mushrooms, orange juice, and others as well as from spending some time in the sun.
As much of a puzzle as cancer is, this vitamin D discovery may very well be the missing piece. Adequate levels of vitamin D in the body are not only beneficial for promoting bone and muscle health but also for reducing the risk of cancer.