To understand better the benefits of vitamin D, watch this video shared by the Prostate Cancer Research Institute where Dr. Charles Myers, a medical oncologist and prostate cancer patient himself, talks about the use of vitamin D, how patients can benefit from it and how its deficiency can worsen patients’ health condition. In this 2-minute video, Dr. Myers always monitors the 25-hydroxy vitamin D levels of his patients and supplements them as needed with up to 5000-7000 units (IU) /day to achieve an optimum Vitamin D range of 40-80 nanograms/mL. It should be noted that vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin and can be problematic if taken in large excess. It is best absorbed when taken with the highest fat-containing meal of the day. Supplementation and dosage should be discussed with your health care provider.
In an accompanying study, researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina presented a clinical study entitled “Vitamin D in the prevention and treatment of cancer.” In this study, Dr. Bruce Hollis shows that supplementation with vitamin D (2,000-4,000 IU daily) can have a significant impact on disease progression, with the ability to alter molecular and biochemical pathways, slowing or even decreasing the development of less aggressive, or low-grade, prostate tumors without undergoing surgery or radiation. It was concluded that vitamin D seems to be specifically targeting tumor inflammation occurring mainly in the prostate gland, arresting lower-grade prostate cancers from becoming aggressive.