A New Story Emerges About Vitamin D

Carolyn Guilforrd
Carolyn Guilforrd

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It has long been known that the sun worshipers’ vitamin elevates and sustains a good mood and is essential for strong bones and teeth. But now we know there is a type called D-3 which is a more potent, biologically active form of Vitamin D called cholecalciferol.

Produced in the skin through exposure to sun, and metabolized by the liver and kidneys to this biologically active form. Thus promoting the absorption of calcium and phosphorus from the intestine which is necessary for bone formation and bone health.

Vitamin D3 studies show a strong protective effect against colon cancer and many other cancers, by inhibiting cancer cell proliferation. Also a correlation is drawn between decreased deaths from cancer with exposure to sunlight, without sunscreen. Sunscreen blocks most vitamin D production.

This news is very exciting, because it confirms what vitamin D proponents have long believed, now there are clinical trials to substantiate that Vitamin D is critical in fighting cancer as well as many other diseases.

Clinical trial participants aged 55 to 70 and cancer free were randomized to take daily dosages of (1) 1,400-1,500 mg supplemental calcium, or (2) 1,400- 1,500 mg supplemental calcium with 1,100 IU of vitamin D3, or (3) placebos.

Over the course of the trial, women in the calcium/ vitamin D3 group showed a cancer-risk reduction of 77 percent.

In the participants taking only the placebo, and those taking only calcium supplements, there was no statistically significant difference in cancer incidence.

Vitamin D is associated with reduced incidence of colon cancer and has been confirmed in at least nine studies since the original study was reviewed. Almost every type of cancer monitored, including breast, colon and lung, was lower in the vitamin D group.

There is a growing body of evidence to indicate that a higher intake of vitamin D is needed for optimal health and for the prevention and treatment of not only cancer, but also high blood pressure, Fibromyalgia, diabetes mellitus, multiple sclerosis, and rheumatoid arthritis and other diseases.

Currently, the USDA recommended daily intake of Vitamin D of only 400 international units (IU) a day for women and men aged 51-70 years, and 600 IU a day for those over age 70. This is much too low for good health.

With a healthy wholefoods diet, a person of good health can easily make sufficient vitamin D3 with only 10-15 minutes a day of exposure to bright summer sunlight, without sunscreen. After summer though we all probably need to take a supplement.

But, persons with a history of skin cancer should use caution; the sun’s ultraviolet B-rays could be problematic for a survivor of skin cancer.

Best food sources of Vitamin D3 are fish and fish oils.

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