Vitamin D often labeled as “wonder nutrient” is capable of decreasing a person’s risk of different types of cancer. New research shows that people with high levels of Vitamin D in their bloodstream have a significantly lower risk of breast cancer.
Vitamin D has been the subject in many medical studies over the past few years with many debates from professionals on whether or not the vitamin impacts our overall health.
Earlier this year studies show that low levels of the vitamin have been associated with a higher risk of bladder cancer and bowel cancer. Previous studies have also shown a connection between high vitamin D levels and breast cancer survival rates.
Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine in conjunction with Creighton University, Medical University of South Carolina, and the non profit organization GrassrootsHealth published the results of their study that are available here: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0199265 Their research suggests that certain levels of Vitamin D correlate with a markedly lower risk of breast cancer.
The participants of the study were women aged 63 who were cancer-free at baseline. The study took place over the years 2002 to 2017. They found that in their test subjects 77 cases of cancers were noted. However the national average is 512. Therefore, people with higher blood concentrations of vitamin D have a much lower risk of developing breast cancer.
However, the amount of Vitamin D found in the blood system of their patients – 60 nanograms per milliliter is way above the recommended amount by the National Academy of Medicine which is only 20 nanograms per milliliter.
The Vitamin D increase was effective regardless of other variables such as age, body mass index, smoking habits and calcium intake. However more research is done before people begin to increase their Vitamin D intake.