Millions of new cancer cases are diagnosed each year around the world.
And sadly, that burden is predicted to continue climbing, reaching 27.5 million diagnoses and 16.3 million deaths annually by 2040.
But what if I told you a single nutrient could have CANCER CRUSHING potential?
In fact, research currently estimates it could save 1.2 million lives across Europe—by slashing 9 percent of cancer deaths!
While this observational study cannot prove cause and effect, it’s incredibly intriguing. Especially against one of the most dreaded diseases of our time.
Prevent thousands of deaths
Long-standing debates surround one of my most highly recommended nutrients…
“Experts” far and wide love to argue its benefit—or lack thereof—on a long list of conditions, such as bone health.
That also includes its effect on cancer.
Of course, several meta-analyses have linked vitamin D supplementation to a 13 percent reduction in cancer mortality (death), on average.
But this time, researchers wanted to look at the effect of fortifying foods with vitamin D.
(This is a cheaper way to help address the widespread D deficiency. It involves mixing the vitamin into food products.)
Ultimately, they found around 156,000 cancer deaths could be prevented each year across 34 European countries—simply by fortifying common foods, such as milk and margarine, with D.
That number is pretty staggering.
I mean, could you imagine if they found a drug that did such a thing? It would be the HOTTEST prescription on the market, starting yesterday!
Now, I’m not suggesting that milk and margarine are good dietary choices. And I’m not even saying that I fully agree with fortifying foods…
But I firmly agree with giving people the tools they need to help save their own lives and live a bit longer, if they make a conscious effort to do so.
Most countries outside of the U.S., like Europe, don’t have mandatory or voluntary fortification of foods. (Most of Europe likes its food untainted and not genetically modified—probably the reason their life expectancy is so much higher than ours!)
And it’s unlikely you’ll get enough D from smart dietary choices—with or without fortification.
That’s why I always recommend supplementation.
Start by having your vitamin D 25 OH blood level checked. I consider levels between 80 to 100 ng/mL to be “optimal”—because that’s where all the health benefits kick in.
If you’re already in that range, I suggest a daily dose of 50 mcg (2,000 IU) to 125 mcg (5,000 IU). For lower blood levels, I recommend 250 mcg (10,000 IU) of D3 daily.
(D3 is the active form of vitamin D. In my view, it’s one of the most important supplements you can take. Don’t wait for the powers-that-be to make the decision for you.)
Until next time,
“Adding Vitamin D to Food: Could This Prevent Cancer Deaths?” Medscapte, 07/01/2022. (medscape.com/viewarticle/976508)