Can Vitamin'D Act As A Shield Against Cancer

By Mr Satkam Divya, CEO, KlinicAppIn general Vitamin:D is known to be the nutrient for stronger bones and teeth. Vitamin:D is manufactured with the help of sunlight only. Countries blessed with adequate sunlight has no reason to undergo Vitamin:D deficiency. Surya Namaskar is the Indian ritual followed by many for thousands of years. Surya namaskar ensures that all Indians receive Vitamin:D every day. The surprising truth regarding Vitamin:D is, it also fights against the cancer cells.

Interesting facts about Vitamin:D
Vitamin:D is a nutrient with hormonal action.Vitamin:D is divided into Vitamin:D(2) and Vitamin:D(3) based on the sources. Vitamin:D(2) is acquired from vitamin:D rich food. Vitamin:D(3) can be produced when the sunrays hits the skin. Both Vitamins forms travels in the bloodstream and reach liver. Vitamin:D is reformed in to a hormone called Hydroxyvitamin:D in liver. Then it reaches kidneys, where it is again transformed in to 1, 25 :Dihydroxyvitamin:D. 1, 25 – Dihydroxyvitamin is also called calcitriol. Calcitriol helps in storing calcium in bones. Vitamin:D also boosts the defense mechanism of our body and reduces inflammation. Fat rich fishes like tuna, salmon, Eggs, cheese, and milk products are the food items high in vitamin:D.

Proven studies on vitamin:D acting against cancer
A Japanese study states that expose to the sunlight or dietary supplement of vitamin:D lessens the chances of liver cancer. Another study done in the U.S states that people exposed to the sunlight for a long duration have a fewer chance of getting colon
cancer than people exposed for short duration. Various studies on public health state that, the incidence of cancer and death ratio is less in people exposed to sunlight. Few experimental research on vitamin:D reveals the strong relation between carcinoma and vitamin:D. An Experiment on rat shows that normal vitamin:D level in the blood reduces the chances of developing cancer cells, shrinks the tumor and decreases the cell growth in cancer. Intestinal and genital area are the commonly affected area, both in men and women.Studies shows that it is less among people living in a sunny area.

Threatening indications of Vitamin:D insufficiency
Frequent episodes of sickness, tiredness, joint pain, back pain, slower wound healing, loss of hair and muscle pain are the warning signals of vitamin:D shortage.

Factors that causes vitamin:D insufficiency
It is the difficult task for the elderly people to spend time outdoors. Less exposure to sunlight leads to vitamin:D shortage. Aging skin loses the efficiency to manufacture vitamin:D when days go by. Aged people are advised to take vitamin:D as recommended.

A person with high BMI has more chances of acquiring vitamin:D deficit. Increased fat distribution all over the body reduces the flow of vitamin:D.It is transformed into an active hormone in liver and kidneys. Lack of circulation may lead to vitamin:D shortage.

Pregnant and breastfeeding
Pregnancy leads to vitamin:D shortage due to various causes like unexpected pregnancy, teenage pregnancy, and recurrent pregnancy. During gestation period, fetus demands increased calcium. Vitamin:D insufficiency may rise blood pressure during pregnancy. Especially during breastfeeding all the nutritional needs of the infant are met by the mother. Breast feeding may cause vitamin:D shortage in mother. Regular intake of calcium supplement during pregnancy and after delivery may prevent the feeding mothers from Vitamin :D insufficiency.

Limited expose to sunlight
Sunlight is the main source for vitamin:D production. Less expose to sunlight, increased usage of sunscreen, living in the crowded area may cause vitamin:D deficit.

Less consumption of vitamin:D rich food
Fat rich fishes like tuna, salmon, Eggs, cheese, and milk products are the main sources of vitamin:D. Obviously poor consumption of food high in vitamin:D in diet will cause vitamin:D shortage.