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Vitamin D supplements may reduce cancer deaths

A new study published in the British Medical Journal found that a common vitamin supplementation substantially reduced the risk of cancer death.



Vitamin D is an essential nutrient, one that many people are deficient in. The study looked at 52 previous medical trials involving more than 75,000 people. It found that vitamin D supplements reduced the risk of death from cancer by 16%.


Vitamin D is produced by the body on exposure to sunlight, meaning many people who don’t or can’t spend time outdoors have low levels. The nutrient is also found in low levels in milk, some fish and egg yolk, so vegans and people with dairy intolerances are at risk of vitamin D deficiency.


Essential for bone growth and repair, low levels of vitamin D have long been linked to bone and muscle pain, increased risk of death from cardiovascular conditions, cognitive impairment in older people, and severe asthma in children.


The new study is further evidence of the importance of maintaining healthy levels of this crucial vitamin.


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