Vitamin D Makes Breast Cancer Cells Fall Apart
“Dr. Cedric F. Garland of the University of California’s San Diego Moores Cancer Center is the epidemiologist who has connected the dots between Vitamin D deficiency and cancer. According to Garland, in nearly all forms of breast cancer, vitamin D affects the structure of your epithelial cells. These cells are held together by a glue-like substance called E-cadherin, which provides structure to the cell. E-cadherin is made up of mostly vitamin D and calcium.
If you don’t have adequate vitamin D, that structure comes apart and those cells do what they are programmed to do in order to survive — they go forth and multiply. If this growth process (cell proliferation) gets out of control, you may end up with cancer.
If you have breast cancer in progress, the addition of vitamin D can help stop cancer cells in their tracks by replenishing E-cadherin.”
Dr. Garland and his late brother, Frank, made the first connection between vitamin D deficiency and some cancers in 1980 when they noted populations at higher latitudes (with less available sunlight) we are more likely to be ‘deficient in vitamin D’, which is produced by the body through exposure to sunshine, and ‘experience higher rates of colon cancer’. Subsequent studies by the Garlands and others found vitamin D links to other cancers, such as breast, lung and bladder.
Science continues to support the fact that high levels of vitamin D are key to keeping your body free of cancer and recently, there has been considerable progress regarding the role that this ‘fat-soluble vitamin‘ plays in cancer prevention.
‘Research studies are mounting and a 2007 randomized placebo controlled double blind clinical trial confirms that vitamin D is one of the best natural cancer treatments around’.
‘The study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, is truly groundbreaking as it evaluated nearly 1,200 postmenopausal women for four years and tracked how a 1400-1500 milligram supplement of calcium compared to a calcium supplement plus 1,100 IU vitamin D3 in preventing cancer.’
“The results were amazing. After just one year of vitamin D3-added supplementation, the risk of developing ‘ALL CANCER TYPES‘ was ‘reduced by a staggering 77%’, compared to the ‘zero‘ percent improvement in the placebo and calcium supplement only groups, this is truly remarkable!”
When we look at some of the primary vitamin ‘D’ functions, we begin to understand the important role this essential ‘hormone‘ plays in protecting us from a range of cancers and other chronic diseases, so surely Vitamin D supplementation should be strongly considered as an ‘adjunctive’ therapy in the treatment of cancer.
- Supports key mineral absorption and metabolism (especially calcium and phosphorus in the blood and bones)
- Regulates normal cell differentiation and proliferation (e.g., prevention of cancer)
- Promotes insulin sensitivity and blood sugar regulation (insulin secretion)
- Regulates over ‘3,000 genes’ through binding to vitamin D receptors throughout the body
- Supports immune function and helps reduce inflammation
It’s ALL About Your Vitamin D Blood Level
‘The most important factor is your vitamin D serum level. It doesn’t matter how much time you spend in the sun, or how much vitamin D3 you take: if your serum level is low, then you’re at risk, plain and simple. And the only way to know your serum level is to test it. As of the present time, we don’t understand why people differ so widely in their serum responses to vitamin D supplementation. Until science figures this out, the only way to determine your serum level is by testing your blood on a regular basis.’
To conclude: Dr. Garland stated…. “Breast cancer is a disease so directly related to vitamin D deficiency that a woman’s risk of contracting the disease can be ‘virtually eradicated’ by elevating her vitamin D status to what vitamin D scientists consider to be natural blood levels”.