Can Vitamin D Support Breast Health? Part II of III
For some time now vitamin D has been linked with a gene that increases its activity and produces an enzyme, whose job it is to combat free radical damage through the process of clearing the cell of DNA-damaging substances. The result of this process is to relieve cell stress and retain cells that support breast health.
There are a number of ways in which we take vitamin D
It is obtained through a number of aspects such as sun exposure and food as well as supplements. Research conducted by the food nutrition board at the Institute of Medicine of The National Academies have stated that people should be monitoring their intake of vitamin D; basically, the amount of vitamin D that should be sought after depends on your age; it can be split into the following sections:
For children up to 13 years their intake should be 5 mcg (200 IU), teenagers between the ages of 14 and 18 need to also be aiming for 5 mcg (200 IU) and the same can be said for adults between the ages of 19 and 50. However between the ages of 51 and 70 this increases to 10mcg (400 IU) and then again over the age of 71 this is increased further to 15mcg (600IU). One of the main reasons for this increase is due to the fact as we get older we are more at risk of disease. In the case of breast cancer, most of the cases of this disease occur in people over the age of 50. So where should we be getting our intake of vitamin D from?
One of the biggest sources of vitamin D comes from the sun, as previously mentioned; however, what do we do if we live in overcast countries or areas? Plus we are always warned about the dangers of sun damage so surely the process of gaining this vitamin in this manner isn’t the safest option to go for. Instead its now time to start looking towards improving our dietary intake as a means of consuming more food with vitamin D.
Vitamin D is an aspect that is already used to protect against a number of illnesses and disease but the question that remains now is how exactly does it protect against breast cancer? According to research the properties that make up vitamin D helps to make your breast cells more resistant to toxins, but that’s not all.
Stay tuned for Part III of vitamin D supporting breast health where we explore the role vitamin D plays in actually decreasing the ability of breast cells to divide.