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Cancer Patients with higher Vitamin-D levels have Better Outcomes

Cancer patients who had higher levels of 25-Hydroxyvitamin D were linked with better survival rates and longer remission than those who are vitamin D-deficient.

The findings were published in July 2014 in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

The meta-analysis reviewed 25 studies that measured vitamin D levels at or near the time of diagnosis in 17,332 cancer patients. The authors found that patients with higher vitamin D levels were linked with better outcomes in a several cancer types.

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Written by Dr. Alex Rinehart

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Vitamins C, D and K2 for Osteoarthritis

Reviewed by Dr Jeffrey Lederman, DO

Osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, is the breakdown of the cartilage tissue that cushions the ends of the bones between the joints to prevent the bones from rubbing against each other. When the cartilage breaks down, bone ends make direct contact, which can result in bone spurs, abnormal bone hardening, inflammation and pain. Bones can become more brittle and fracture more easily.

Osteoarthritis is often called “wear and tear” arthritis because its onset is usually gradual, over the course of many years, and often due to an unhealthy aging process, such as a poor, high-inflammatory diet, obesity and intensive, repetitive motions from manual labor or certain athletic activities. Osteoarthritis also can occur as a result of trauma or injury.

Vitamins C, D and K2 could help prevent osteoarthritis or mitigate its effects.

Vitamin C helps develop, protect and repair the body tissue, and as a result, may help prevent or reduce the severity of osteoarthritis.

Vitamin C helps the body make collagen, which is part of the cartilage tissue that cushions the ends of the bones between the joints. Without enough Vitamin C, the body cannot properly repair and maintain the collagen tissue, which may lead to the breakdown of cartilage in osteoarthritis.

Vitamin C also is an antioxidant that helps protect the body’s cells from free radicals, which are highly reactive, destructive molecules that cause inflammation and that can damage body tissues including cartilage. Protecting the body’s cells from free radicals may also defend it against osteoarthritis.

Foods high in Vitamin C include oranges, lemons, chili peppers, dark leafy green vegetables like kale and spinach, and herbs like parsley and thyme.

Vitamin D and Vitamin K2 work together to maintain bone health, which is important in warding off osteoarthritis. Vitamin D promotes bone strength because it helps the body absorb calcium. Vitamin K2 helps direct the calcium to the bones and helps prevent calcium loss from the bones. Vitamin K2 helps direct calcium to where the body needs it – the skeleton – and helps prevent the calcium from being deposited where the body doesn’t want it, such as into the blood and arteries.

Sources of Vitamin D include sunlight, mushrooms, salmon, tuna, mackerel and fish liver oils. Vitamin K2 is found in sauerkraut, fermented cheeses, dairy foods like grass fed butter and organ meats.

Written by Jessica Braun
Jessica is a writer and an editor at WholesomeOne. She can be reached at jessica.braun[at]wholesomeone[dot]com.

References

  • WholesomeOne.com
  • Alternative Medicine, the Definitive Guide
  • Holistic Anatomy
  • Photo credit: flickr.com/photos/drb62/480699341

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A Vitamin D Deficiency

70% of people do not have adequate Vitamin D in their bodies. Vitamin D is critical for many bodily functions, including aging, as seen in the infographic below.

People are not getting enough Vitamin D due to:

  • Sunscreen
  • Body Fat
  • Aging
  • Living in a Northern latitude

People ideally should have between 40 to 60 ng/ml as measure through a blood test.

The infographic was designed by Jason Wright Studios and found on Dr. Rhonda Patrick’s web site, FoundMyFitness.com

Vitamin D Defficiency


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The Importance of Vitamin D

I attribute much of our epidemic of Vitamin D deficiency to our sedentary lifestyles lived largely indoors. Dietary sources of Vitamin D such as fatty fish are also consumed infrequently by most Americans and their acidic diets high in sugar, grains, dairy, and grain-fed animal fats. Darker skinned individuals are at greater risk for deficiency as more sunlight is needed to produce healthy levels of Vitamin D.

Much of the negative effects of our diet is that we do not balance it with liberal quantities of vegetables, especially of the green leafy variety which are also dietary sources of calcium!

Even more interesting is that Vitamin D supports much more than bone health and calcium metabolism. Vitamin D actually modulates on the genetic level (influences over 200 genes) and there are vitamin D receptors on every tissue in the human body!

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Written by Alex of DrAlexRinehart.com