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Higher Doses Of Vitamin D May Be Required In Order To Prevent Illness

February 28, 2011 by  

Higher doses of vitamin D may be required in order to prevent illnessA study that was recently published in the journal Anticancer Research suggests that current recommendations for vitamin D intake — about 600 international units (IU), according to the National Institutes of Health — are inadequate to prevent cancer.

Researchers from medical schools at the University of California (UC) and Creighton University have found that between 4,000 IU and 8,000 IU of the vitamin may be needed in order for cancer-preventing benefits to occur.

Authors noted that higher concentrations of vitamin D in the blood have been shown to stave off breast cancer, colon cancer, multiple sclerosis and type 1 diabetes.

"I was surprised to find that the intakes required to maintain vitamin D status for disease prevention were so high — much higher than the minimal intake of vitamin D of 400 IU per day that was needed to defeat rickets in the 20th century," said Cedric Garland, professor of family and preventative medicine at UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center.

A team of scientists examined the vitamin D levels of thousands of volunteers for the study.

They also noted that only about 10 percent of Americans are getting adequate amounts of vitamin D.  

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      • ONTIME

        Great article and since cancer is a major industry a general drop in the case numbers could affect the industry as a whole. The other part is cancer takes on may forms and can attack in various ways sometimes undetected for months or even years and then will suddenly surface, it can be in remiss and still make a come back, so the cancer industry still has credibility in major research…

  • s c

    Like it or not (and Americans concerned about their health dare not like it), our healthcare professionals sometimes get caught with their pants down. When it comes to Vitamin D, those who are legally and morally obligated to take care of us are guilty of junk science. That is, they put money before lives.
    Anyone who takes less than 5,000 IU daily [D3, that is] has set in motion a ticking time bomb. Sadly, odds are that your MD either doesn’t know what he/she needs to know, or they’re so arrogant that they’re not inclined to keep up with with “minor” details concerning basic nutrition.
    As always, educate yourself. It’s not that hard to know more than a GP about basic nutrition, which supplements you need to take and how much.

  • lois

    i have been taking 10000 un its as she had her level done her dr said to take the higher level and i do notice i feel better and i live in the north

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