Vitamin D May Slow Prostate Cancer Growth
Prostate cancer is the second most deadly cancer for American men, killing one in 38 and effecting one in seven. A recent study suggests that vitamin D may slow the growth of low-grade prostate cancer.
Participants in the study included 37 men who elected to have their prostates removed. For 60 days before their operation, half of the group took 4,000 IU of vitamin D while the other half took a placebo.
The researchers examined the prostates of all of the men after they had been removed. They found that the vitamin D group had improvements in the prostate - including smaller or non-existent tumors - while the placebo group had no changes. In fact, in more than 60% of the participants in the vitamin D group, the tumor was smaller or had disappeared completely.
The researchers believe that these effects are due to vitamin D’s ability to lower inflammation. Inflammation has been shown to exacerbate prostate cancer.
Researchers from the University of Colorado Cancer Center conducted the study. It was presented at the annual meeting of the American Chemical Society in Denver the week of Mach 22, 2015.
Previous studies have associated vitamin D with reducing the risk of skin damage, reducing the risk of osteoporosis, combating diabetes, and improving age related macular degeneration.
Vitamin D can be found in milk, fortified cereals, fish, and eggs. Your body also processes vitamin D from the sun but it becomes harder for our bodies to process it as we age. A high quality vitamin D supplement is always a good option if you feel that you’re not getting enough through diet and sun.