Vitamin D’s influence on key biological functions vital to health and well-being mandates that vitamin D no longer be ignored neither by the health care industry nor by individuals striving to achieve and maintain a greater state of health.
Natural production of vitamin D3 cholecalciferol (pronounced koh·luh·kal·SIF·uh·rawl) in the skin is the single most important fact every person should know about vitamin D—a fact that has profound implications for the natural human condition.
Technically not a “vitamin,” vitamin D is actually a hormone that interacts with over 2000 genes, about 10-percent of the human genome. Extensive research has implicated vitamin D deficiency as a major factor in the pathology of at least seventeen varieties of cancer including breast cancer, as well as a variety of other diseases.
There are three safe ways for adults to ensure adequate levels of vitamin D:
1.Regularly receive 15 – 20 minutes of midday sun exposure, exposing as much of the skin as possible while being careful never to burn.
2.Supplement with at least 2,000 IU per day.*
3.Eat foods rich in vitamin D. Regularly include these foods in your diet:
- Salmon, fresh and wild caught
- Shitake mushrooms
- Fortified milk
- Fortified orange juice
- Fortified yogurt
- Fortified breakfast cereals
It’s your decision. Choose the combination of options right for you and your lifestyle. But choose! Maintain you levels of Vitamin D!
The skin produces approximately 10,000 IU vitamin D in response to 15 – 20 minutes summer sun exposure. However, most people do not receive 15 – 20 minutes of sun exposure daily. This is especially true in Northern and Southern latitudes during their winter months. In addition, when well adults and adolescents regularly avoid sunlight exposure, research indicates a necessity to supplement with at least 2,000 units (IU) of vitamin D daily.*Supplement for three months. Then obtain a vitamin D test, now available in a home test kit. Adjust dosage so that blood levels of vitamin D are optimized.
The effects of wise nutritional choices for preventing chronic and terminal diseases have been the focus of many recent studies. The most promising research on less-toxic and minimally-invasive, more natural breast cancer prevention is centered on the nutrient vitamin D.
Excellent science shows that vitamin D hinders inappropriate cell division and metastasis, decreases blood vessel formation around tumors, and regulates proteins that influence tumor growth. It also enhances the immune system’s ability to fight cancer as well as promotes the abilities of chemotherapeutic medicines.
Vitamin D has been linked to a 77-percent lower risk of some cancers, including breast cancer. The research shows vitamin D to be an effective cancer preventative and the scientific evidence is growing:
- Women who are vitamin D deficient have a 222% increased risk for developing breast cancer.
- Ecologic studies have shown an inverse correlation between breast cancer mortality and vitamin D levels.
In short, we are a nation and a world that is deficient in vitamin D. Over 900 scientific studies link vitamin D deficiency with breast cancer. But the medical community has been reluctant, slow to respond. Now that message must be shared with all women in the quest to end breast cancer.