Vitamin D: The Sunshine Hormone That Fights Cancer

A gift from the sun, it is our exposure to natural sunlight that triggers the body’s ability to produce calcitriol, a vital steroid hormone that is associated with a reduction in the risk of cancer, heart disease, viral infections, and more. Low levels of vitamin D are associated with a two-fold risk of death overall (Archives of Internal Medicine) Vitamin D deficiency is linked to poorer outcomes in women with breast cancer (Canadian research) Vitamin D supplementation is associated with a 15% reduced risk of cancer mortality (British Medical Journal) Vitamin D supplementation to the older adult population in Germany is estimated to prevent 30,000 cancer deaths each year (Molecular Oncology) Since nearly half of the entire world’s population does not have adequate exposure to sunlight and because an estimated 40% of U.S. residents are clinically deficient in Vitamin D, it makes sense to take some simple, inexpensive precautions to …

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