Although fewer people are dying of cancer, the rates for certain cancers, including pancreatic and liver, are increasing--and this year alone, about 1.7 million people will be diagnosed with all types of this dreaded disease, according to the National Cancer Institute.
So it comes as good news that a powerhouse vitamin can lower your risk of cancer by as much as 67 percent (that's slightly more than two thirds). What is this magical pill?
Why, none other than vitamin D. There is a caveat though. The study found that the greatest protection occurred when people had vitamin D levels of 40 ng/ml or more in their blood. (In fact, the lower the serum levels, the greater the risk of cancer.)
Right now, the target level of vitamin D recommended for people ages 19 to 70 is 20 ng/ml. To achieve that, most practitioners recommend taking 600 mg of vitamin D a day. To double your levels, you'd have to take between 800 and 1,000 mg daily.
So talk to your doctor about taking more vitamin D, or getting the extra doses through food or, now that summer is coming, sunlight. While more may be better, too much can lead to falls, another study found.
via Science Daily
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