No real proof Vitamin D fights cancer, say scientists
THE BENEFIT OF Vitamin D as a weapon against fighting cancer has been thrown into doubt as a study has revealed it does little to cut the risk.
The ‘sunshine’ vitamin, widely believed to fend off cancer, strengthen bones and cut the risk of heart disease and diabetes has been found to be ineffectual.
The ten-year-study of thousands of men and women carried out in America, has thrown into question the value of Vitamin D and any cancer-fighting properties it was believed to contain. The research found that those with high levels of the vitamin, were no less likely to die of the disease than others.
Monitoring 17,000 men and women, the study found a decade on, 536 of the volunteers had died from cancers ranging from lung cancer to breast cancer.
Analysis carried out at the National Cancer Institute in Maryland did not discover a link between the risk of death from all types of cancer and vitamin D.
Researchers from the Office of Dietary Supplements in the U.S. said: ‘Health professionals and the public should not assume that vitamin D is a magic bullet and consume high amounts of it.’