Vitamin D3: 10 Benefits of Vitamin D3

Author By: Tallene Hacatoryan, MS, RD, CLT on 19 Jun, 2018

What is the difference between Vitamin D and D3? Vitamin D comes in two forms. Vitamin D2 can be found and consumed in the diet in mushrooms exposed to the sun. Vitamin D3 is considered the most natural form of Vitamin D because when sun encounters skin, humans synthesize Vitamin D3.

Vitamin D3 is a fat-soluble vitamin. Since there are very few foods that have natural accruing Vitamin D, supplementation may be necessary if one is deficient and doesn’t receive enough exposure to sunlight. Vitamin D3 plays a critical role in the absorption of phosphorus and calcium, which supports strong and healthy bones. Besides the bones Vitamin D3 is important for immune and cardiovascular system, pancreas, muscles, brain, and the control of cell cycles. In this article we will be exploring the benefits of Vitamin D3.

Vitamin D3 Benefit #1: Reduces Risk Of Cancer

Vitamin D3 decreases cell multiplication and acts as an anti-inflammatory. In recent studies inflammation is a critical element of tumor proliferation [^1]. Numerous studies have presented a link between high vitamin D levels and a lower risk of cancer. In a study called, Health Professionals Follow-up, subjects were half as likely to be diagnosed with colon cancer with high concentration of vitamin D3 as to those with low levels. Similar finding has shown that Vitamin D3 intake can possibly lower risk of breast cancer. Although a definitive answer can not be made at this time studies are promising that high levels Vitamin D3 has a link with lower cancer risk.

Vitamin D3 [^1]: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2803035/


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