Vitamin D May Lower Breast Cancer Risk

Researchers suggest this nutrient may play a significant role in prevention.

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For a long time now, there has been a lot of debate around the topic of vitamin D and its health benefits. While some researchers claim that it can lower cancer risk, others are not as convinced. However, studies have shown that low levels of vitamin D are linked to an increased risk of bladder cancer and bowel cancer and now experts suggest that this nutrient can play a role in lowering your breast cancer risk too.

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine studied 3,325 female participants who were an average age of 63 and cancer-free. In the study, they observed the link between breast cancer risk and the amount of vitamin D in the participants' blood. They concluded that the women with higher amounts of this nutrient were at a much lower risk of breast cancer and significantly, the higher the levels of vitamin D the lower the risk. 

While further research is needed to determine the minimum amount of vitamin D required to prevent premenopausal breast cancer, these findings suggest that adding this vitamin to your daily routine is an easy way to protect your health and potentially stave off serious diseases.


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