Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Depression, Pain, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, and Breast Cancer

Studies on vitamin D deficiency are constantly providing us with insights on just how important this vitamin is to overall health. More and more we are finding that this deficiency can lead to serious and even life threatening illnesses.

Vitamin D is something we all get plenty of in the summer time, but short days and no sun in the winter can cause vitamin D levels to plummet. People often complain of having a low mood in the winter but a lack of vitamin D could be causing more dangerous problems.

People often substitute real sunshine for the glow of a tanning-bed bulb when they can't get their fix of the real stuff. Tanning booths have themselves been linked to many cases of skin cancer all over the world and there have been high profile cases of deaths that would have been 100% preventable if not for the tanning salon. 

Aside from the fact that the beds can promote cancer growth in skin cells, they are useless at supplementing vitamin D as the only contain UVA light, and it is from the UVB rays where we get vitamin D from.

In recent years it has become apparent that there is a vitamin D deficiency epidemic happening all over the world, and one study worrying showed that correcting your vitamin D deficiency could cut your risk of dying from any cause by up to 50 percent.The reason for this being that vitamin D influences nearly 3,000 of your 24,000 genes due to the fact that human beings evolved in the sun, and so it's role should not be underestimated.

Vitamin D is essential in helping fight infections and chronic inflammation, and it produces over 200 anti-microbial peptides, including cathelicidin, a naturally-occurring broad-spectrum antibiotic. 

According to a January 2013 press release by Orthomolecular Medicine there are currently 33,800 medical studies focused on or around vitamin D, and the overwhelming evidence shows in many cases that it is effective in:

  •         Pregnancy outcomes (reduced risk of Cesarean section and pre-eclampsia)
  •         Type 1 and 2 diabetes
  •         Heart disease and stroke
  •         Autism, Alzheimer’s, and other brain dysfunction
  •         Bacterial and viral infections

A few of the more recent studies show how increasing your vitamin D levels can improve depression and pain in diabetics, Crohn’s disease, and breast cancer. One study on the relationship between Crohn's and vitamin D showed "significant interaction between vitamin D levels and Crohn's disease susceptibility, as well as a significant association between vitamin D levels and genotype."

PsychCentral reported on a study done on depression and vitamin D:

The investigators set out to determine how vitamin D supplementation might affect women with type 2 diabetes who were also suffering from depression. At the beginning of the study, 61 percent of women reported neuropathic pain, such as shooting or burning pain in their legs and feet, and 74 percent had sensory pain, such as numbness and tingling in their hands, fingers and legs. 

During the course of the study, the participants took a 50,000 IU vitamin D2 supplement every week for 6 months. By the end of the study, the women’s depression levels had significantly improved following the supplementation. Furthermore, participants who suffered from neuropathic and/or sensory pain at the beginning of the study reported that these symptoms decreased at 3 and 6 months following vitamin D2 supplementation.

Professor Kefah Mokbel, a leading breast cancer researcher has recently outlined the importance on vitamin D in fighting breast cancer. 

The article she was featured in stated:
Prof. Mokbel has also requested Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, to make [vitamin D] pills freely available as this would result in saving about a 1,000 lives annually. ‘I am calling for all women from the age of 20 to be given free vitamin D supplements on the NHS because it is effective in protecting against breast cancer

Research conducted by the Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Neb, which analyzed menopausal women from rural eastern Nebraska for over four years, revealed that taking vitamin D supplements along with calcium cut about 60 percent risk of cancer, including breast, lung and colon cancer...’It's inexpensive, it's safe, and it's easy to take. It's something that should be considered by a lot of people,’ says Joan Lappe, professor of nursing and medicine at Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Neb. ‘It's low-risk with maybe a high pay-off."

In more than 2,500 lab trials, vitamin D has proven to be beneficial in fighting cancers including pancreatic, lung, ovarian, breast, prostate, and skin cancers. A 2007 study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that a serum 25(OH)D level of more than 33 ng/mL was associated with a 50 percent lower risk of colorectal cancer.

And research published in the International Journal of Cancer two years ago found that a mere 10 ng/ml increase in serum vitamin D levels was associated with a 15 percent reduction in colorectal cancer incidence and 11 percent reduction in breast cancer incidence.

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