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VITAMIN D SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCES COLORECTAL CANCER RISK
As I discuss in my new book, A Cancer Prevention Guide for the Human Race, recent high-level clinical research studies have pretty much debunked the widely held belief that Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin A, beta-carotene, or selenium supplements are able to decrease cancer risk in humans, However, as I also discuss in my book, there is an abundance of research data suggesting that Vitamin D (which actually functions more like a hormone than a vitamin) may, indeed, offer protection against certain types of cancer (as well as cardiovascular disease). Unfortunately, however, as with all laboratory and clinical research findings, one can easily find other research studies that have reached contradictory results.
Meta-analysis is a powerful method of statistically combining the results of multiple smaller research studies, which often differ from each other in their methods, into one large “meta-study.” While meta-analysis cannot always overcome the limitations of poorly conducted or otherwise weak research studies, it is a valuable tool to use in studying clinical problems for which large-scale prospective randomized clinical research trials have not yet been performed.
A newly published meta-analysis of the effects of Vitamin D on colorectal cancer risk appears in the current issue of the journalCancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. In this meta-analysis, the findings of multiple previous Vitamin D clinical research studies were analyzed. For every 100 IU of Vitamin D intake per day (up to 600 IU per day), a 5 percent decrease in the risk of colorectal cancer was observed. Similarly, for every 100 IU/liter increase in the concentration of Vitamin D in the blood (up to 1800 IU/liter), colorectal cancer risk decreased by 4 percent.
The results of this meta-analysis confirm the findings numerous other prospective clinical research studies linking increased dietary intake of Vitamin D, and higher levels of Vitamin D in the blood, with a significant reduction in the risk of colorectal cancer.
Because excessive Vitamin D intake can cause serious health problems, I always recommend that you check with your doctor, first, before starting Vitamin D supplements (or other vitamin supplements).
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Disclaimer: As always, my advice to readers is to seek the advice of your physician before making any significant changes in medications, diet, or level of physical activity
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