by Vicki Batts, Natural News:
Vitamin D is a critical nutrient that is essential for good health, there’s little doubt about that. Many people know already that the “sunshine vitamin” is key for bone health, but studies continue to show that the benefits of vitamin D are far more reaching than previously imagined. In fact, new research has shown that vitamin D could cut the risk of cancer by 20 percent or more.
Multiple studies have pointed to the anti-cancer effects of vitamin D, but as sources explain, most studies have been carried out in European or American populations. Vitamin D levels and metabolism can vary across different demographics, so analyzing the benefits of this vital nutrient across multiple populations is critical to truly understanding its preventive power.
Researchers have now found a similar correlation overseas. Using data collected from the Japan Public Health Centre -based Prospective (JPHC) Study, a team of scientists has shown that higher vitamin D levels can help protect against cancer across the board. Even after adjusting for other risk factors like smoking, the data still indicated that getting enough vitamin D reduced cancer risk by about 20 percent — which is surely nothing to sneeze at.