Williams Cancer Institute

VITAMIN D3 AND ITS ANTI-CANCER PROPERTIES

Vitamin D3, also known as cholecalciferol, is a steroid hormone that is stored especially in the liver, it is also known that it is a vitamin that is not active in the body, so we must activate it to be functional and beneficial for the proper functioning of the body. We acquire this vitamin mainly through the sun’s rays, of course this exposure can also be harmful in greater quantities, so it is more advisable to try to obtain it through food and supplements. This is how it has been discovered that vitamin D3 helps us extract more calcium from food and phosphorus in the bones. Nevertheless, it also fulfills other functions such as helping to control blood pressure, regulating the functioning of the immune system, helping to fight aging, and promoting proper blood coagulation.

It has been found after many cellular and molecular studies, that vitamin D3 has several properties, one of them is to slow down or prevent the formation of cancer, to reduce the growth of cancer cells in people who already have this disease, In addition, it is said that this vitamin also reduced the effect of cancer even at advanced levels and helps prevent patients from reaching metastasis because this vitamin has antiproliferative actions.

It is also believed that a diet with a low intake of vitamin D3 allows tumors to form more quickly. That is why, in addition to sunbathing for a minimum of 30 minutes a day, we seek to obtain this vitamin from foods such as eggs, sins, liver, cheese, mushrooms, etc. We must also seek to complement them with multivitamins to achieve the amount of vitamin D3 that your body requires to obtain its benefits, knowing the amount of vitamin D3 that you need daily depends on your age.

Vitamin D3 helps the body to further potentiate calcium and phosphorus to strengthen bones and teeth, avoiding suffering from bone disorders called rickets in children and osteocalcin in adults, but it is currently widely used in strengthening the immune system. Therefore, it is especially recommended in the treatment of immunotherapy for cancer patients since during the process it is more important than ever to have a healthy immune system as well as to have a healthy and balanced diet, we must also remember that daily dietary supplements can play a role in protecting our body against everything from viruses and bacteria to allergens.

Reference:  Centro de Investigación de Cáncer, 2016, 5th May, Deficiencia de vitamina D relacionada con metástasis de cáncer de seno, https://www.cancer.gov/espanol/noticias/temas-y-relatos-blog/2016/vitamina-d-metastasis

 

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