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Vitamin D Holds Promise to Prevent (Many) Cancers

Colon. Ovarian. Endometrial. Prostate. Breast. What do these have in common? They are at risk to cancer, and vitamin D levels impact their risks differently.

Soft Health and Healing Clinic offers nutritional tips to our Brooks chiropractic care patients in hopes to keeping them healthy. In December 2016 alone, many articles in a variety of peer-reviewed and well-respected journals were published regarding cancer prevention and vitamin D. Soft Health and Healing Clinic finds this interesting and worthy of more consideration.

One article points to the likely reason for all this attention on vitamin D: Being deficient in vitamin D is related to increased risk of cancer, autoimmune disease, inflammation, infection, cardiovascular disease and metabolic disease and bone and mineral disorders. (Wow! Soft Health and Healing Clinic sees those as reasons enough to evaluate your vitamin D levels!)  The vitamin D receptor keeps the intestinal system in balance and protects against inflammatory bowel disease and colorectal cancer. (1) Vitamin D is a wonder our Brooks chiropractic patients need to check out!

More specifically, vitamin D appears to reduce the risk of cancer. In the world of breast cancer, triple-negative breast cancer is one of the least responsive to treatment types with a high rate of relapse. Early prevention of this cancer is important, and vitamin D compounds are reported to be potential preventive agents to inhibit this form of breast cancer by regulating the cancer stem cells and differentiation. (2) Sadly an adequate vitamin D level, as good as it is in preventing cancers and hypertension and osteoporosis for women, doesn’t appear to be as effective for ovarian and endometrial cancers. (3) Soft Health and Healing Clinic encourages our Brooks female patients to study their overall lifestyle approach which can include vitamin D supplementation to keep their cancer risk as low as possible.

Soft Health and Healing Clinic views keeping the cancer risk low overall and the risk of more aggressive forms down as quite important when caring for our Brooks chiropractic patients' overall health.  That’s where vitamin D comes in again. Vitamin D appears to be preventive of more advanced or aggressive forms of cancer. Vitamin D3 supplementation taken in hopes of preventing advanced colorectal adenomas varies by vitamin D receptor genotype in one study. Risk was reduced by 64% in AA genotype persons (26% of study participants) and by 41% in persons with 1 or 2 G alleles (74% of study participants). The effect of Vitamin D3 supplementation on overall adenoma risk is not presented in this study. (4)  (Soft Health and Healing Clinic knows these terms aren’t normal Brooks chiropractic terms.)  Further, aggressive prostate cancer risk is high in African American men. Researchers suggest that may be due to low levels of serum vitamin D as their study found that vitamin D deficiency significantly increased the risk of aggressive prostate cancer disease. They also suggest future study of genetics to figure out this puzzling statistic. (5) Soft Health and Healing Clinic notes that every research finding leads to another question to keep the scientists busy and our Brooks chiropractic patients turning to Soft Health and Healing Clinic for the latest news!

Contact Soft Health and Healing Clinic today to get more information about vitamin D, check your levels and investigate your options to improve your vitamin D levels and make them as cancer preventive as possible. 

 
 
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