Vitamin D deficiency is really in the spotlight at the moment.
I think it’s mostly because we’re only just beginning to unravel all the intricate functions vitamins and minerals play in the role of health.
As time goes on I suspect we will discover that all vitamins and minerals, including the lesser-known ones, play an essential role in health and disease.
The latest vitamin D study led by researchers from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, found that vitamin D deficiency in the months preceding diagnosis may predict a high risk of pre-menopausal breast cancer.
The study of blood levels of 1,200 healthy women found that women whose blood levels of vitamin D were low during the three-month period just before diagnosis had approximately three times the risk of breast cancer as women in the highest vitamin D group.
Several previous studies have shown that low blood levels of vitamin D are associated with a higher risk of pre-menopausal breast cancer. However, researchers warned against using mega doses of vitamin D, unless prescribed by a doctor for short-term use.
The best way to keep your vitamin D levels topped up is to have 20 minutes a day out in the sunshine, as well as eating plenty of oily fish and eating free-range, organic eggs.
I would also suggest that you have your vitamin D levels tested. You could then take a supplement to correct any deficiency, do a re-test to make sure the level is back to normal, and then maintain your levels by taking a multivitamin and mineral containing vitamin D as D3.
Source: Low Vitamin D Levels Linked To High Risk Of Pre-menopausal Breast Cancer. Medical News Today. MediLexicon, Intl.
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