I don’t know about you, but I’m really enjoying the longer days with so much more sunshine this summer. And you know what that means: more of that miracle sunshine vitamin, vitamin D!
If you’ve been reading my Health eTips for a while now, you know that vitamin D is important for your bone health as well as your mood. But researchers have also found that it could keep you safe from colon cancer.
It turns out that patients with high levels of this amazing vitamin slashed their risk of colorectal cancer by a whopping 90 per cent.
Now that’s big news, because colon cancer is the third most common cancer in both men and women in the and it is the second most fatal.
Past studies had already shown how the sunshine vitamin can help you avoid certain types of cancers, including pancreatic cancer; but this study actually shows evidence that this miracle vitamin can activate an immune response against tumour cells.
“Laboratory research suggests that vitamin D boosts immune system function by activating T cells that recognize and attack cancer cells,” said lead author Shuji Ogino of Dana-Farber, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
That means that vitamin D can actually interact with your immune system to raise your body’s defences against cancer.
Now, if you think you’re getting enough vitamin D by drinking milk or eating dairy, the truth is there’s NO WAY that milk and food can get our levels of vitamin D to where they need to be.
And any foods that claim to be rich in this vitamin have actually been fortified with a synthetic version.
Synthetic vitamin D replacement doesn’t measure up to sun exposure OR the over-the-counter natural version of vitamin D, called vitamin D3.
In fact, the synthetic vitamin D is only a third as potent as bioidentical D3, and it also stops working much sooner.
So, try to get at least 10 minutes of direct sunlight every day – without sunblock, big funny hats, or long sleeves. After that, you can cover up so you won’t burn.Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
Vitamin D cuts colorectal cancer risk, foodconsumer.org/newsite/Nutrition/Vitamins/vitamin_d_cuts_colorectal_cancer_risk_0307160859.html
Vitamin D protects some against colorectal cancer, news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2015/01/vitamin-d-protects-some-against-colorectal-cancer/