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Vitamin D And Breast Cancer

Is there a link between Vitamin D and breast cancer?

Does Vitamin D help to reduce your risk of breast cancer? There has been a lot of talk about the role of Vitamin D and cancer prevention, but there has actually been substantial evidence in recent years to show that breast cancer is one of the cancers that Vitamin D may help to protect against. So how am I to do that?

Vitamin D when it stimulates receptors on breast cells slows down the rate at which the cells divide. When cells are dividing too quickly they make more genetic mistakes that lead to cancerous mutations. So when you slow down the rate of cell division, you will reduce the risk of cancer.

Vitamin D also acts on those breast cells to help them fully mature into beautiful adult cells. The more mature cells are, from one generation to the next as they replicate the more resistance they have to cancerous changes. So the more mature the cell is, the more defenses it has, and Vitamin D helps to make that happen.

Vitamin D of course also helps to improve immune system function, and certain immune cells, like natural killer cells and macrophages, dendritic cells and some other ones are in the business of hunting down cancer cells that are immerging and knocking them out. Vitamin D helps in a multitude of ways to help defend against breast cancer.

What seems to be true so far is that if your blood level of Vitamin D is above 85nm (nanomoles) per liter that you’re in a very good range. Get your blood work done and make sure you’re about this range. To get there from my experience it seems that people need about 1,000 to 3,000 IUs of Vitamin D a day. From one person to the next, it seems to vary, actually. Keep increasing your Vitamin D until you can get your blood level above 85nm per liter, preferably above 100nm per liter, in fact.

I believe Vitamin D has been the missing link in cancer prevention for some time and now studies are coming along to prove that. There is a portion of the population who shouldn’t take additional Vitamin D supplements – if a person has a disease called sarcoidosis or if they have hyperparathyroidism and cancer patients who have what’s called hype-malignancy or hyper-calcemia malignancies should not be taking Vitamin D without their doctor’s permission.


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