Vitamin D and Skin Cancer: What’s the Link?
It seems as though vitamin d and skin have been getting lots of press lately and for good reason. Vitamin D is known to have a variety of health benefits. Here are a few:
- Helps the intestine absorb nutrients such as calcium; good absorption of nutrients builds strong bones and a strong immune system.
- Helps to prevent osteoporosis and arthritis
- Regulates blood pressure
- Relieves body aches
- Helps fight depression
- Reduces the chance for respiratory infections
- Reduces wrinkles and makes skin soft and smooth
- Provides a protective lining for blood vessels, thus improving cardiovascular function
Now, we can add another health benefit of vitamin D to the list: it can reduce the risk of skin cancer in women by as much as 50 percent! Dr. Jean Tang, Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Stanford University School of Medicine, has been studying the link between vitamin D and skin cancer in women in a high-risk group: those who have had prior non-melanoma forms of skin cancer. Dr. Tang found that taking only 400 IUs (international units) of vitamin D daily could help prevent skin cancer. (Source)
This is exciting news about vitamin d and skin cancer because, according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S. In 2007 alone, more than 8,400 people died from melanomas of the skin.
If you would like to learn more about the benefits of vitamin D supplements, ask your doctor or Pharmaca practitioner today.