Vitamin D, often referred to as the sunshine vitamin, has received a lot of attention in the past decade. It’s linked to mood, immune health, bone health and more. In October, we reported on a new study that found pregnant women with low vitamin D levels experience an increased amount of pain during labor.
Although products such as milk are often fortified with vitamin D, almost 50 percent of Americans are still deficient in vitamin D. To further support the need for vitamin D, a new study conducted by the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute found vitamin D can protect some people with colorectal cancer by perking up the immune system’s vigilance against tumor cells (Gut. Jan. 15, 2015). This is the first time a link between vitamin D and the immune response to cancer has been shown in a large human population.
“People with high levels of vitamin D in their…
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