There are a number of researches that have proven the importance of early prevention when it comes to facing any type of cancer.
The best way to lower the risk of this deadly disease is to start changing your habits and lifestyle. According to Carol Baggerly, the founder of GrassrootsHealth, 90 percent of all patients that are suffering from breast cancer are linked to deficiencies of vitamin D, and this fact is supported by numerous studies.
Deficiency of vitamin D can lead to numerous health problems and conditions that can have devastating consequences on your health. We can get this vitamin from two sources, from direct exposure to sunlight (vitamin D3) and from plants (vitamin D2).
How is this vitamin connected to breast cancer?
There was a meta-analysis that was conducted on 4500 breast cancer patients in 2014. According to this analysis, individuals that had high levels of vitamin D had a better survival rate, when compared to the patients who had lower levels of vitamin D. It is important to say that this analysis was not rushed, but it was conducted over the course of 9 years.
Professor Cedric F. Garland is one of the co-authors of the study, and he explained the connection between cancer growth and vitamin D in more detail. He explained that the proliferation and the growth of tumor cells can be prevented by the vitamin D receptors. This means that the patients that have higher levels of vitamin D have increased chances of beating and surviving this disease.
The people that were responsible for this study, are urging health experts and doctors to monitor the levels of vitamin D in their patients because they think that this is one of the most important prevention methods. Another thing that is very important is vitamin D optimization, especially with the patients diagnosed with breast cancer.
A 2011 study shows that just 50 ng/ml of vitamin D level, can lower your chances of beating breast cancer by a whopping 50 percent.
How to increase the levels of vitamin D in your body?
You need to spend more time outside, especially on sunny days. This way, your body will be able to synthesize vitamin D from your direct exposure to sunlight. But, always keep in mind that sunrays are very dangerous and you always need to use sun protection.
You can also take supplements, but before you do that, you need to check the levels of your vitamin D, just to make sure that you really need them. In case you don’t, do not take supplements, because you will risk toxicity. Before taking the supplements, consult with your doctor.
You can also eat food that contains this vitamin, like salmon, sardines, milk, mushrooms, and herring.