Vitamin D Attacks Cancer Cells

Vitamin D Attacks Cancer Cells. Healthy Living Magazine

Vitamin D Attacks Cancer Cells. Healthy Living Magazine

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, in Boston, research shows vitamin D’s immune boost directly impacts colon and rectal cancer risks. Although vitamin D is produced by the interaction of sunlight on the cells of the skin it is also taken as a supplement especially in northern climates with fewer solar exposures.

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These cancers of the lower intestine represent the number two cause of cancer death in the US. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 51,783 people died from the disease in 2011.

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Vitamin D’s role in the body including calcium absorption and intelligent white blood cell activation also lowers disease risk for multiple sclerosis, asthma and heart attack. “People with high levels of vitamin D in their bloodstream have a lower overall risk of developing colorectal cancer,” says senior author Dr Shuji Ogino. “Laboratory research suggests that vitamin D boosts immune system function by activating T cells that recognize and attack cancer cells.”

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