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Vitamin D and Calcium Shown to Reduce the Risk of Cancer
By Drs. Neal Barry and Nicole Barry

You may have read this past week about the exciting new research conducted at the Creighton University School of Medicine in Nebraska, released in the online edition of American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. This study has revealed that supplementing with vitamin D and calcium can reduce your risk of cancer by an astonishing 77 percent. This includes breast cancer, colon cancer, skin cancer and other forms of cancer. This research provides strong new evidence that vitamin D is the single most effective agent against the prevention of cancer.

The details of the study are as follows: The participants were 1,179 healthy women from rural Nebraska. One group of women was given calcium (around 1500 mg daily) and vitamin D (1100 IU daily) while another group was given placebo. Over four years, the group receiving the calcium and vitamin D supplements showed a 60 percent decrease in cancers. Considering just the last three years of the study reveals an impressive 77 percent reduction in cancer due to supplementation.

Note that these astonishing effects were achieved on what many nutritionists consider to be a low dose of vitamin D. Exposure to sunlight, which creates even more vitamin D in the body, was not tested or considered, and the quality of the calcium supplements was likely not as high as it could have been (most likely calcium carbonate as opposed to a high-grade calcium citrate, malate, and aspartate).

How does this study affect me?
This study sheds light on the powerful nature of naturally occurring vitamins in our bodies, to fight off the growth of cancer cells. After consulting your doctor, taking a high-quality calcium supplement, getting lots of natural sunlight exposure, and/or taking premium vitamin D supplements (such as those made from fish oil), could easily provide a reduction of more than the 77 percent, in your potential to develop certain cancers.

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In This Issue:
Vitamin D and Calcium Shown to Reduce the Risk of Cancer
Dr. Nicole's Corner: Vitamin D and Pregnancy
Salmon Cooked in Romaine Lettuce

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