Could This Simple Habit Actually Reduce Cancer and Diabetes by 50%?

By Dr Mercola

In recent years vitamin D has emerged as a star of the “vitamin” world. Vitamin D deficiency is a growing epidemic across the world and is contributing to many chronic debilitating diseases. Optimizing your vitamin D levels can cut your risk of cancer, heart disease and diabetes, writes Dr Mercola.

The Astonishing Power of Vitamin D to Transform Your Health

In recent years vitamin D has emerged as a star of the “vitamin” world. For example, there are currently over 800 studies showing vitamin D’s effectiveness against cancer. Optimizing your vitamin D levels can literally cut your risk of several cancers by 50 percent!

Further, middle aged and elderly people with high levels of vitamin D could reduce their chances of developing heart disease or diabetes by 43 percent.

How Does Vitamin D Do What it Does?

Vitamin D is actually a “prohormone,” which your body produces from cholesterol. Because it is a prohormone, vitamin D influences your entire body — receptors that respond to the vitamin have been found in almost every type of human cell, from your brain to your bones.

So what modern science has now realized is that vitamin D does more than just aid in the absorption of calcium and bone formation, it is also involved in multiple repair and maintenance functions, touches thousands of different genes, regulates your immune system, and much, much more.

Just one example of an important gene that vitamin D up-regulates is your ability to fight infections, as well as chronic inflammation. It produces over 200 anti microbial peptides, the most important of which is cathelicidin, a naturally occurring broad-spectrum antibiotic.

This is one of the explanations for why it’s so effective against colds and influenza.

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5 responses to “Could This Simple Habit Actually Reduce Cancer and Diabetes by 50%?

  1. Does anyone ever notice how often animals will stretch out luxuriously on a sunny day?
    And does anyone ever notice how few animals spend time watching tv? They seem not to care for it.
    And animals don’t generally take any kind of prescription drug. I’ve never even seen one do that.
    Given a choice, they know what to do.
    Given a choice, you would too.

  2. In general, women, especially older women who are at a postmenopausal stage, are more prone to bone diseases such as osteoporosis and osteoarthritis. Vitamin D reduces the softening of bones by allowing their bodies to absorb more calcium.

  3. yeah, I love being in the sun… my cat does not lounge, tho. She stalks.


    • I’m no yoga expert, but my understanding is that some of the postures (asanas, I think they’re called) of yoga are adapted from watching animals.

      It pays to observe animals and how they act, especially wild ones, but even domestic ones, when they’re behaving naturally.

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