But the benefits of vitamin D are no longer restricted to cancer prevention: Studies have linked a shortage of the compound to such serious, chronic ailments as multiple sclerosis, diabetes, heart disease, influenza and schizophrenia.
Vitamin D's most profound gene-influenced activity appears to be in keeping healthy the broad category of cells known as epithelium, which line the outsides of our organs and the surfaces of the structures in our body.
Even though these lining tissues amount to only about 2 per cent of the weight of our bodies, they are the source of about 85 per cent of cancers, those known as carcinomas.
Sunday, March 9, 2008
More on Vitamin D
Not everyone is convinced that D is a miracle pill; but there's no harm in taking 1000 IU a day while we wait for the evidence to get sorted out. I'll print a couple excerpts, but I encourage you to read the whole thing.