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Vitamin D and Cancer Treatment  


As prostate cancer is making actuality all over the world, medical scientists are doing diligent researches on its causes and treatment. It has been several years ago since Dr. Cedric Garland has discovered that deficientin vitamin D can lead to development of certain forms of malignant tumors including prostate cancer. Vitamin D is necessary for the regulation of calcium, phosphorous and minerals that are present in the body. It is also very useful to maintain the health of bones in the body. Therefore, its use in cancer treatment should not be neglected 


Vitamin D can be obtained from different sources, but the best source is sunlight. Adequate exposure to the sunlight helps the body in obtaining the much-needed Vitamin D. This is why the Vitamin D deficiency is more common in places with a colder climate. People who live in sunny places normally do not suffer from Vitamin D deficiency. For instance, the chances of African American men to develop prostate cancer is higher due to the fact they would need more of the ultra violet rays to produce the necessary vitamin D their organism needs. A reduction in the Vitamin D will hamper the immunity of the person causing diabetes, cancer and other type of infections. 


Vitamin D Supplements to Prevent Cancer  


 It is evident and has been proven through researches that lack of Vitamin D is one of the main causes for the cancer cells to develop in the prostate gland. Safe sunlight exposure and supplements of Vitamin D are very helpful in helping in cancer cure as well to prevent the onset of certain cancers. Laboratory evidence suggests that vitamin D might influence prostate cancer cells, according to article title “Prediagnostic Plasma Vitamin D Metabolites and Mortality among Patients with Prostate Cancer” published on plosone.org. This vitamin has remarkable anti-cancer properties. Numerous oncologists are aware of the benefits of Vitamin D and prescribe it to their patients. However, they must make sure that the right amount of the Vitamin D is taken to prevent overdose which can cause serious problems. Individual’s body level of Vitamin D will help in deciding the right amount of dosage.  


How Vitamin D Works? 


Calcitriol (also called 1,25-dihydroxycholecalciferol or 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 ) is an active form of vitamin D and is produced by human body. Calcitriol safeguards body against onset of many kinds of cancer by encouraging cells to either commit cell suicide (apoptosis) or adapt to their respective organs. Calcitriol also restricts blood supply to the cancerous cells which in return reduces their reproduction.  


Sources of Vitamin D 

Vitamin D, as a consumable vitamin, can be found in fish like mackerel, herring, tuna and sardines. It can also be taken from juices, dairy products, and cereals that come fortified with Vitamin D. However, a major portion of Vitamin D of what the body must get is gained through sunlight. While getting exposed to sunlight, the body fat acts akin to storage house of vitamin D. These fat cells release the Vitamin D for body’s benefit in the absence of sunlight.    

Vitamin D Side Effects 


At low or normal doses, Vitamin D does not have any side effects.  But when patients consume high amount, the calcium level in the blood can increase and consequently hardens the arteries. One might also develop stones in the kidneys when the calcium level in the kidney increases. People who are already suffering from hyperparathyroidism must avoid taking higher dosage of Vitamin D to avoid further complications.