May 19, 2017
Vitamin D might be the key for many women fighting chest ,cancer according to a new study from JAMA Oncology.
Researchers found that women with higher levels of vitamin D in their blood were more likely to survive chest cancer than women with lower levels.
Regardless of race or ethnicity, chest cancer is the most common form of cancer in women. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 220,000 women and roughly 2,000 men in the United States are diagnosed with chest cancer each year. Out of those fighting chest cancer, about 40,000 women and 4,000 men die from it every year.
The study analyzed data from 1,666 women who were diagnosed with chest cancer. Specifically, researchers looked at levels of the vitamin D biomarker 25-hydroxyvitamin D (250HD) at the time of diagnosis, and then they studied chest cancer survival rate. They discovered the women with advanced tumors had lower levels of 250HD.
“Our findings provide compelling observational evidence for inverse associations between Vitamin D levels and risk of chest cancer progression and death,” the study’s authors said.
This is not the first time researchers have linked Vitamin D to treating cancer. Other studies have found that Vitamin D may be able to stop the growth of cancer cells, reduce tumor blood vessel formation, and stimulate cell death. However, more research needs to be done to conclusively link Vitamin D to fighting cancer.
Beyond fighting chest cancer, Vitamin D plays an essential role in bone health and helps the body absorb calcium. Other research has also shown that Vitamin D helps prevent heart disease, diabetes, and viral infections.
“Vitamin D is one of the most important vitamins because it has an abundance of uses,” says in-house nutritionist for health and fitness app Lifesum, Lovisa Nilsson. “Particularly because it also enhances the body’s absorption of other vitamins and minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and phosphate.”
To naturally boost Vitamin D levels, try adding more fortified breakfast cereals, oily fish like salmon or tuna, tofu, eggs, mushrooms, or milk into your daily diet.