How Vitamin D cuts the risk of cancer

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Health Benefits of Vitamin D

As you’ll know, the NHS recommends that we all supplement with vitamin D specifically vitamin D3 in the winter to help boost our immune system against colds and flu. But there is another very important reason to take extra vitamin D.

Vitamin D is a vital factor in helping protect against cancer stem cells. Indeed, the NHS website quotes a large study from the National Cancer Center in Japan, that links higher vitamin D blood levels with significantly lower rates of cancer.

Every single day your immune system needs to combat about 10,000 cells that turn cancerous. Whether those cancer cells survive and begin to multiply to become a health threat depends on whether your immune system is strong and healthy.

Whether your immune system is strong and healthy in turn depends to an important extent on whether you have adequate vitamin D.

Yet health scientists warn that vitamin D deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency today. Indeed almost 90% of the population in Northern Europe and North America are thought to have less than optimum vitamin D blood levels.

When you can ensure a safe and optimum vitamin D level for just 3p a day – that’s makes no sense.

This article was written by Colin Rose, a Senior Associate Member of the Royal Society of Medicine, who has been writing on science for 40 years.

10 ways Vitamin D3 will improve your health

Vitamin D is one of the most widely researched nutrients. We have done a systematic review of the literature and these studies – referenced at the end of this article – confirm the following.

(1) Vitamin D lowers the risk of colorectal cancer

The risk becomes less as the level of supplementation is increased – up to approximately 2,000 IU a day.

(2) Vitamin D reduces the risk of chronic infections

It does so by improving immune response.

(3) Vitamin D helps inhibit prostate cancer cells

It does this by supporting the increased production of a protein called GcMAF, which helps inhibit cancer cells growing in the prostate. GcMAF has a potent general anti-cancer effect that may reduce tumour size in as little as 10 days.

(4) Vitamin D activates macrophages which consume cancer cells

The same protein GcMAF activates components of the immune system called macrophages, whose function is to literally consume cancer and viral cells.

(5) Vitamin D reduces risk of breast and lung cancer

Vitamin D reduces the risk of breast cancer, probably by inhibiting
a gene that plays a role in breast cancer – a so-called oncogene (ie. a gene that carries the ability to cause cancer) called Her-2.

It also lowers the risk of lung cancer.

(6) Vitamin D is essential for calcium absorption and therefore strong bones

Vitamin D3 is also essential to ensure calcium absorption and hence helps produce strong bones. Sufficient Vitamin D3 cuts the risk of osteoporosis or osteomalacia (softening of bones).

(7) Vitamin D can activate 1,000 health-promoting genes

Overall, vitamin D as D3 – the natural form that is the same as created by sunlight – is able to activate almost 1,000 genes that contribute to health.

(8) Vitamin D reduces inflammation

Vitamin D helps reduce chronic inflammation in body tissues – and inflammation is a key driver of many long-term illnesses including heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

(9) Vitamin D improves SAD, mood and sleep quality

Vitamin D has been shown to improve general mood and sleep quality. A 2018 study links low vitamin D with a number of sleep disorders, and other studies implicate low vitamin D with S.A.D. – Seasonal Affective Disorder.

(10) Vitamin D improves brain function

People with a deficiency in vitamin D have less neuroprotection. Indeed, one study shows an almost 50% increased risk of decreased cognitive function when vitamin D is deficient.

Combine Vitamin D with Omega 3, Curcumin and Vitamin K for cancer protection

Although the foundation of health is always regular activity and a good diet, there are specific nutrients that are also known to help reduce the risk of cancer. They include:

  • Curcumin
  • Lycopene
  • The compound EGCG (epigallocatechingallate) found in green tea and green tea extract
  • Omega 3
  • Beta carotene
  • Lutein
  • Flavonoids – found in vegetables, fruits – especially the flavonoids in berries like bilberries and raspberries, and grapeseed.
  • Soy Isoflavones – associated with the lower levels of breast and prostate cancer in Japan.

The D-K combo

If you are supplementing with Vitamin D, make sure you are also taking a supplement with Vitamin K in it.  Or eating lots of high-vitamin-K foods, like kale and spinach.

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Curly kale has over 1,000 mcg of Vitamin K per cup

That is because vitamin K ensures that calcium is absorbed and metabolised into bones where you want it and not deposited on artery walls – which could lead to arteries becoming harder, stiffer and less flexible.

Vitamin K is also a ‘co-factor’ with vitamin D, calcium and glucosamine to help restore connective tissue damaged in joint problems like arthritis. So, vitamins D and K are important to joint health.

Vitamins D3 and K2 – the ideal forms – are also important for heart health, helping prevent the build-up of plaque in arteries. Indeed, a study in 2004 showed that people with the highest intake of vitamin K had a 50% lower mortality risk than those with the lowest level.

Vitamin K is also produced in the gut by beneficial bacteria called probiotics. Therefore, a probiotic supplement can be a good way to ensure a healthy level of vitamin K.

Make curcumin bioavailable

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If you are supplementing with curcumin (from turmeric), ensure that the supplement includes both piperine (a black pepper extract), Omega 3 fatty acids and/or a fat like lecithin,because curcumin, whilst hugely beneficial, is not easily absorbed and these ingredients make it a lot more bioavailable.

Vitamin D has protective benefits beyond cancer

Finally, in a 2018 review, Medical News Today reported that:

“Studies are also suggesting that vitamin D might have protective benefits against heart failure, diabetes, cancer, respiratory tract infections, autoimmune disease, and even hair loss.”

How much Vitamin D is optimum?

It is important to get a safe, yet optimum, vitamin D3 supplement. Studies show that this is 2,000 IU or 50mcg a day. You can get a helpful free report on Vitamin D at https://nutrishield.com/download-pages/free-vitamin-d-ebook/

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This article was written by Colin Rose, a Senior Associate Member of the Royal Society of Medicine, who has been writing on science for 40 years.


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https://www.nhs.uk/news/cancer/vitamin-d-may-reduce-risk-some-cancers/

Plasma 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentration and subsequent risk of total and site specific cancers in Japanese population: large case-cohort study within Japan Public Health Center-based Prospective Study cohort BMJ 2018; 360 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k671 (Published 07 March 2018)

Clinical experience of integrative cancer immunotherapy with GcMAF. Inui T et al; Anticancer Res. 2013 Jul;33(7):2917-9.

Promising role for Gc-MAF in cancer immunotherapy: from bench to bedside: Ehsan Saburi, Caspian. J Intern Med. 2017 Autumn; 8(4): 228–238.

Vitamin K2 enhances osteocalcin accumulation in the extracellular matrix of human osteoblasts in vitro. Koshihara Y, Hoshi K. J Bone Miner Res. 1997 Mar;12(3):431-8. PMID: 9076586

Absolute risk for fracture and WHO guideline. Pharmacological intervention to prevent osteoporotic fractures in the elderly. Clin Calcium. 2007 Jul;17(7):1098-104. PMID: 17607078

The Association between Vitamin D Deficiency and Sleep Disorders: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Qi Gao; Nutrients 2018 Oct; 10(10): 1395.

Seyama Y, Wachi H. Atherosclerosis and matrix dystrophy. J Atheroscler Thromb. 2004;11(5):236-45. PMID: 15557705

Dietary intake of menaquinone is associated with a reduced risk of coronary heart disease: the Rotterdam Study. Geleijnse JM, et al; J Nutr. 2004 Nov;134(11):3100-5. PMID: 15514282

Optimal serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels for multiple health outcomes. Bischoff-Ferrari HA; Adv Exp Med Biol. 2008;624:55-71. doi: 10.1007/978-0-387-77574-6_5.


Yogurt for gut health ☹ – prefer probiotic supplements

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Yogurts don’t have enough probiotics to deliver gut health benefits

Yogurts in supermarkets do not contain anywhere near enough probiotics – ‘friendly bacteria’ – to have the health benefits you might be looking for.

That’s the conclusion of a major study from University of Toronto’s Department of Nutritional Sciences. As lead researcher Mary Scourboutakos puts it:

“In some cases, a person would have to eat up to 25 servings of yogurt a day in order to reap the promised benefits, which is completely unrealistic.”

Yet probiotics themselves have been shown to improve:

  • Digestion
  • Medical inflammatory conditions like irritable bowel syndrome
  • Immune function
  • and the absorption of nutrients from your diet – which is especially important in the over 60s.

Probiotics can also reduce flatulence, bloating, stomach discomfort, constipation and diarrhoea caused by C difficile or the use of antibiotics.

They may even help reduce depression via the recognised gut-brain pathway.

Probiotics have a good track record of helping clear yeast infections and candida.

Some researchers even claim that certain strains can help with weight management, but the evidence here is limited.

Gut health is vital to a strong immune system

What we can definitely say is that gut health is vital to a strong immune system, because 70% of your immune function is controlled in your gut.

By crowding out bad bacteria – pathogens – probiotics can improve your overall health and, for example, restore gut balance after a course of antibiotics.

Certain strains also prompt enzyme activity which can help neutralise carcinogens and help eradicate the pathogen Helicobacter pylori – which can lead to cancerous ulcers.

All of which explains why the study of the microbiome – your intestinal flora – is now one of the hottest topics in medicine.

Why don’t yogurts deliver these benefits?

Yogurt for gut health ☹ - prefer probiotic supplements NutriShield Multi Vitamins and MineralsThe simple fact is that the level or dose of probiotics in most major brands is many times below the level that would benefit you. Or worse – 25 times lower than were in the studies originally conducted by the agro-food giants and on which their claims are based!

Toronto University again:

 “Our study (done on 92 supermarket yogurts) showed there’s a gap between the health benefits found in clinical trials and the benefits that consumers can expect to receive from the probiotic food products (yogurts) in the marketplace.”

So which are best for gut health – yogurts or probiotic supplements?

To answer that question, here are some key yogurt and probiotic facts.

Yogurt and probiotic facts

Yogurt for gut health ☹ - prefer probiotic supplements NutriShield Multi Vitamins and MineralsMany yogurts don’t even qualify as probiotics. Virtually all yogurts are made with a combination of Lactobacillus bulgaricus and/or Streptococcus thermophilus, but they are only there to kick-start the fermentation process, NOT in sufficient amounts to be classified as a probiotic food.

Yogurt for gut health ☹ - prefer probiotic supplements NutriShield Multi Vitamins and MineralsSo a pack statement ‘made with yogurt cultures’ doesn’t mean it’s going to work like a probiotic. All that means is that the manufacturing process started with live cultures – as it must in order to convert milk to the fermented product yogurt.

Many supermarket yogurts are heat-treated to increase shelf life, but that kills good and bad bacteria alike. So these yogurts don’t even contain live bacteria by the end of their manufacturing process.

Yogurt for gut health ☹ - prefer probiotic supplements NutriShield Multi Vitamins and MineralsSome yogurt manufacturers do add probiotic strains back to their products after sterilisation. In the UK, there are no standards for probiotics, but in the USA, to be called a probiotic food or to claim ‘promotes healthy gut flora’, a yogurt must contain at least one billion live colony-forming units (ie. active probiotic cultures) of at least one recognised probiotic species per serving.

But unlike probiotic supplements, very few yogurts declare a precise level of colony-forming units. So it’s difficult to tell what you are actually getting – and it’s almost certainly less than 1 billion.

Yogurt for gut health ☹ - prefer probiotic supplements NutriShield Multi Vitamins and MineralsThe general scientific consensus is that the more good bacteria there are in your gut, the harder it is for bad bacteria to flourish and cause problems. It appears that you need at least 7 billion probiotic bacteria per serving to get a health benefit.This number should be comprised of multiple strains – because different strains colonise in different parts of your gastro-intestinal tract and each has a specific health benefit.

In addition, there is evidence that strains work together to create a beneficial synergistic effect. For example, Bifidobacterium lactis has been shown to have a greater effect when accompanied by Lactobacillus rhamnosus.

Yogurt for gut health ☹ - prefer probiotic supplements NutriShield Multi Vitamins and MineralsYogurts taste great and are still a valuable source of protein, calcium, magnesium and zinc, so they are a healthy food. Moreover, research published in the specialist Journal Translational Medicine indicates that yogurt does beneficially metabolise starches in fruits, grains and vegetables. But even if they state ‘contains active live cultures’, very few contain enough probiotic cultures in high enough doses to deliver the specific benefits you can achieve with a supplement.

Yogurt for gut health ☹ - prefer probiotic supplements NutriShield Multi Vitamins and MineralsThe only caveat to calling yogurts ‘healthy’ is that some brands – especially and unfortunately marketed to homes with children – contain far too much added fructose, corn syrup or sugar, which can actually increase the level of bad bacteria in the gut!

So many yogurts are more of a sweet dessert than a health food. Indeed, Cornucopia, a US food and farm policy research group, found that flavoured varieties of certain brands of yogurt (eg. strawberry) contained no actual fruit, and included total sugars that rival those in a chocolate bar.

Cornucopia have filed a formal complaint against several yogurt companies with the FDA, and women should note that sugars can feed candida.

So: Are probiotic supplements better than yogurt for gut health?

Probiotic supplements don’t include protein or vitamins and minerals. But if you want the health benefits that researchers say a probiotic can deliver, then a probiotic supplement offers a much clearer way to achieve those benefits than a supermarket yogurt.

So the answer is yes.

But there are guidelines for choosing the best probiotic supplement.

1. It should have at least 7 billion ‘colony-forming’ bacteria per capsule.

2. It should have multiple strains – at least five to seven. Because different strains deliver different benefits.

For example, Lactobacillus acidophilus has been shown to help reduce cholesterol levels, while Lactobacillus plantarum has proven effectiveness in helping reduce the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.

Lactobacillus casei and Lactobacillus rhamnosus have been shown to help reduce inflammation within brain neurons – and thereby ease depression.

Other strains like Lactobacillus rhamnosus, and Lactobacillus plantarum have been shown to improve immune function, and improve vaginal health.

Choosing a supplement that contains the right balance of strains to help with your particular health issues is the key to getting the biggest benefit from a probiotic supplement. There’s a helpful report at

https://uni-vite.com/microbiotic/how-probiotics-improve-your-health-report/

3. The strains in your probiotic supplement must have been researched to be hardy.

The stomach is very acidic and probiotics need to be able to survive long enough to reach and colonise various parts of your intestine to have their beneficial effects.

The University of Nebraska has a world class centre for probiotic research. It identifies two exceptionally resistant strains – being Lactobacillus acidophilus DDS-1 and Bacillus coagulans ProDura.

4. Probiotics are live microbes. Their ‘food’ is prebiotics – sources include leeks, onions, oats and garlic. A well formulated probiotic should include some prebiotics to ‘kick-start’ their colonisation of the gut.

Check probiotic supplement labels

A final point.  As noted above, the US National Yogurt Association requires 1 billion cultures per serving to be classified as a probiotic yogurt. The UK does have a code of practice for yogurts, but this does not include any definition of probiotic standards.

In contrast, probiotic supplements can be much more worthwhile, but check labels carefully.

The UK multi-strain supplement brand Microbiotic Plus contains 7.5 billion cultures per vegan dairy-free capsule or serving – some 700% of the US threshold level.

Conclusion – yogurt AND probiotic supplements

Keep eating your yogurt for its other benefits – ideally traditionally made, organic and live or in forms like kefir.

But to get the real benefits of probiotics, look at scientifically formulated probiotic supplements.

 


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