Vitamin D Supplements could help fight against cancer



Vitamin D supplements have this week been given an even bigger thumbs up from PositivePause.  

Our favourite sunshine vitamin is not only beneficial for bone health and boosting your mood through midlife, menopause and beyond, it’s also been found helpful for fighting cancer.

New research published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology on 3rd June 2019, says vitamin D supplements could help in primary prevention of cancer.


The American study by Michigan State University Physicians and Hurley medical centre, have found that vitamin D supplements taken for a minimum of three years, could help cancer patients live longer.

Tarek Haykal, a lead author on the study said “We know it carries benefits with minimal side effects.”

The researchers looked at more than 79,000 patients data related to disease prevention. In multiple studies they randomly compared the use of vitamin D to a placebo over a period of at least three years. They found that taking a supplement over this time was associated with a 13 per cent drop in mortality from all cancers.  

“Vitamin D had a significant effect on lowering the risk of death among those with cancer, but unfortunately it didn’t show any proof that it could protect against getting cancer.”

Haykal reports, “The difference in the mortality rate between the vitamin D and placebo groups was statistically significant enough that it showed just how important it might be among the cancer population.”

“There are still many questions and more research is needed,” Haykal said. While these findings look really promising, he cautions that the exact amount of vitamin D supplements to take and what levels are required in the blood are still not known.

“All we can say is that at least three years of taking the supplements is required to see any effect.” He also said that it’s still not clear whether vitamin D extends a person’s lifespan and why it has created these results? 

Conclusions from the study state: “Our study highlights that the use of Vitamin D supplementation for primary prevention of cancer is important as it does decrease cancer-related mortality once cancer is diagnosed, however it has no role or effect on cancer incidence.”

However, Haykal says the results show enough promise that he would like to see more oncologists and doctors prescribing vitamin D to patients in general.

We say if there’s very little risk and a huge amount of benefits, then it’s yet another endorsement for being ‘THE SUPPLEMENT’ to take, with the health benefits it provides.

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