In the year 2016, there will be 1,658,370 new diagnoses of cancer in the United States alone. This is what statistic are saying for this year coming, the sad part of this is that they are just new cases not cases that are exist. Even though medical researcher won’t claim that they have found the cure to cancer, they have come pretty close to the newest discovery about a certain vitamin.
About 70% of American children don’t receive enough vitamin D and about 75% of United States adults don’t get enough of this sunshine vitamin in their daily life. This vitamin might not sound so important if it weren’t for the reason of preventing so many different kinds of cancer, 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.
One of the biggest issues tying cancer to vitamin D deficiency is that too few people actually know how to determine if they are lacking the vitamin. While the only way to confirm a vitamin D deficiency is a blood test, there are many signs that an individual may be lacking the vitamin. Common indicators of vitamin D deficiency include:
- Depression- has been proven to help with depression and even anxiety. A 2008 study of 441 overweight and obese men and women in Norway found that those given 20,000 and 40,000 IUs per week of vitamin D supplements had significantly less depression symptoms after one year than those in a placebo group.
- Bone pain
- Muscle weakness
- Severe asthma, especially in children
- Cognitive impairment, particularly in older adult
- Excessive sweating – Sweating that appears with no physical exertion or elevated temperature is a common indicator of low vitamin D levels.
- Chronic pain
Even though it hasn’t been confirmed, there are many studies that explain how Vitamin D helps tremendously with cancer. One study that was performed by Joan Lappe and Robert Heaney in 2007, which was done on women who were going through menopause at the moment were given Vitamin D to increase their levels, just four years later these women experienced a 77 % decrease of all types of cancer.
Research conducted by Dr. Cecdric Garland also suggested that vitamin D is intricately linked to certain types of cancer, particularly breast cancer. In fact, his research showed that an individual’s risk of breast cancer could be cut by 50 percent when an adequate level of vitamin D was achieved.
Researchers haven’t found the link between Vitamin D and cancer and it might be because vitamin D is important for so many things in the body. Vitamin D main job is to absorb calcium to promote bone growth. It also helps even out the function of cardiovascular system, autoimmune system, and other bodily systems.
With the current findings regarding vitamin D, the recommended daily allowance of the vitamin has been adjusted. Individuals ages 1 to 70 need 600 IU daily while infants 0 to 12 months need 1,000 IU daily. It’s best to try to get that amount from dietary sources, such as fatty fish, milk, yogurt, tuna, mushrooms, orange juice, and others as well as from spending some time in the sun. However, oral supplements are also beneficial, primarily in the form of vitamin D3. Supplements should be taken on a daily basis and take roughly 2 to 3 months to establish an adequate level of the nutrient in the body.
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.