Vitamin D: A new tool against Prostate Cancer
An intake of Vitamin D supplements could slow down or even go as far as help prevent prostate cancer from developing according to the results reported by a recent study. This news comes in the heels of a report published earlier in the year that Vitamin D could increase the chances of survival in colon cancer patients. Vitamin D is now once more in the center of new breakthroughs in the fight against cancer.
This new study was performed by the Medical University of South Carolina and was presented during the 249th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, in Denver, CO. The study’s lead researcher Bruce Hollis stated, “Vitamin D decreases inflammation in tissues, and inflammation is a driver of cancer.”
This study focused on a group of men with prostate cancer that had elected to have their prostate removed to either take Vitamin D or an inactive placebo during a time of two months before their scheduled surgery. After their procedure the research team examined their prostate glands. The results were that a considerable majority of the men who took Vitamin D showed improvements in their prostate tumors. The men who took placebo had the tumors worsen or stay the same.
Among the cases on where the Vitamin D was administered, Hollis reported that the tumor either contracted or in some cases they even went away. As preliminary results, this study will open the opportunity of further research on the true effects of Vitamin D on prostate cancer patients. While it is still very premature to jump to conclusions, the results brought to light by this research are enough to warrant for it to be replicated in a much larger number of patients.
Vitamin D has been on the news in recent months, as it has been linked to researches on the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease and the treatment of colon cancer. The body produces Vitamin D when it’s exposed to the sun; therefore it is commonly referred to as the “sunshine vitamin”. It is responsible for promoting intestinal absorption of iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc and phosphate.
For years vitamin D supplements have been used to treat rickets, osteoporosis and high blood pressure. Natural supplements and healthy diets rich in Vitamin D have been often sought after in alternative medicine. With these findings and the subsequent studies there is no wonder how much can this vitamin be used in helping the body fight prostate cancer in a more natural way.