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Benefits Of Vitamin D, Researchers Say It May Prevent Cancer
According to an article by Max Roser and Hannah Ritchie, every sixth death in the world is due to cancer. Read the article to know how vitamin D helps our body fight deseases.
New Delhi: After observing the deadly impacts of coronavirus and untimely deaths of people suffering from this virus, the importance of strong immunity and off course self-care is not unknown. There are 2 things we can do while we are at our homes waiting for this virus to vanish. First, do not go out of the house. Second, the stronger your immunity.
Intake of Vitamin D in any form helps out the body in building a strong immunity system.
For keeping our bones strong and Body healthy, Vitamin D plays a vital role. Not only this, studies show that this vitamin D, also known as the sunshine vitamin, can lower the risk of developing severe symptoms if you catch coronavirus. You can surely name it as one vitamin with many functions. Along with promoting stronger bones and healthier teeth, it also boosts lung functioning and contributes toward better heart health. If your body is fit and mind is healthy, depression will automatically get reduced. Vitamin D also aids in weight loss.
You must have read about all these benefits several times and also the ways to improve the quantity of vitamin D in your body. However, what you may not know is, Vitamin D is a good source for prevention as well as the prognosis of several cancers.
Researchers are always trying to better the lives of people and busy inventing ways to improve your lifestyle. A review article published in 'Seminars' in Cancer Biology states that Vitamin D has anti-cancer effects which is especially effective in the prevention and prognosis of blood and colon cancer. High vitamin D reduces the risk of cancer.
However, different individuals respond differently to the same quantity of vitamin D, raising the importance of Vitamin D supplements. In the study, it is stated that Vitamin D strengthens the immune system and anti-cancer effects depend on the immune cells, especially monocytes and T cells.
According to the study, Vitamin D may have some effect on most cancers, but the strongest evidence of its effectiveness is visible in colorectal cancer and blood cancers, such as leukemias and lymphomas. Vitamin D is renowned for the differentiation of blood cells during hematopoiesis. It also helps adult stem cells to regenerate speedily.
Lower quantities of Vitamin D lead to improper functioning of Vitamin D Receptors (VDR) and lowers the efficiency of cell differentiation leading to the uncontrolled growth of cancer cells.
An individual with a lower quantity of vitamin D is proved to have a higher risk of breast and prostate cancer and also poorer diagnosis. However, when tests were performed using randomized controlled trials, Vitamin D supplements haven't caused a consistent reduction in cancer mortality.
An update on the molecular basis of Vitamin D signaling and its role in cancer prevention and therapy has been provided by Professor Carsten Carlberg and Professor Alberto Munoz. The authors came to the conclusion that Vitamin D is surely effective in general cancer prevention. However, more studies need to be conducted and researchers need to perform more tests and trials to identify the role of this multi-functioning nutrient in cancer treatment.