Vitamin D has been linked with fighting lung cancer along with recent reports that it helps avoid Parkinson’s disease. Supplementing with Vitamin D may help offset elevated levels of an enzyme that is associated with the development of aggressive lung cancer tumors. Researchers reported in Clinical Cancer Research that patients with lung cancer who had elevated levels of an encoding enzyme called CYP24A1 had an increased likeliness of tumors and a 42 percent chance of survival after five years. In comparison, patients with low enzyme levels had an 81 percent chance of survival and a decreased incidence of tumors. Vitamin D was shown to counterbalance the negative encoding enzyme and help fight lung cancer. Scientists are investigating other anticancer benefits of taking vitamin D supplementation.
In addition to combating Parkinson’s, and lung cancer, Vitamin D has been found to fight bone mineral loss and osteoporosis, improve muscle mass and strength, improve immune function, and help fight depression. The list goes on and you can get more information on the numerous benefits of Vitamin D in this article titled “Vitamin D: The Best Supplement Ever
Reference: Chen, G., Kim, S., King, A., Zhao, L., Simpson, R., Christensen, P. CYP24A1 Is an Independent Prognostic Marker of Survival in Patients with Lung Adenocarcinoma. Clinical Cancer Research. 2011 Feb 15; 17(4): 817-26.
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