Each type of cancer has its own nuances that necessitate individualized nutritional and supplemental protocols. Pervasive to all however is the importance of Vitamin D3.
Vitamin D is either ingested in the food we eat or manufactured through sun exposure. It is fat-soluble and actually behaves more like a hormone than a vitamin. Vitamin D acquires its hormone-like actions when it is converted to the active form of D3 (Calcitriol) by the liver and kidneys.
It is established that D3 is required for the absorption and utilization of calcium and phosphorus, vital for bone health. However, virtually every tissue and cell in our body has receptor sites for vitamin D3, including those of our immune system. This suggests that vitamin D3 plays a critical role in our health beyond bone maintenance. As an example, T-cells, a vital component of our immune system, are white blood cells whose main job is to fight infection. T-cells need vitamin D to convert from an inactive form into an active form. Other research has shown that vitamin D3 lowers C-reactive protein (CRP). CRP is elevated when there is inflammation in the body. Chronic inflammation is a risk factor for a number of conditions including coronary heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Strengthening your immune system and lowering inflammation are important components of preventing and fighting disease.
Many people are deficient in D3. Consider supplementing if you are one. It’s vital for your health.