Cancer Treatment Centers of America

July 2013 - Vitamin D and cancer

  Issue #81, July 2013      
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Why vitamin D matters for cancer patients

Vitamin D is an important part of a healthy diet. It helps promote a healthy immune system, and being insufficient in this vitamin can compromise immune function.

For people faced with a cancer diagnosis, vitamin D may help prevent tumors from developing new blood vessels. Vitamin D also affects cell growth, by encouraging healthy cells to grow and discouraging the growth of cancerous cells.

Ways to incorporate vitamin D into your everyday life
Experts’ opinions vary regarding the best way to incorporate vitamin D into everyday life. Vitamin D can either be produced by ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation or dietary sources. Some experts believe that taking vitamin D supplements is the easiest way, while others favor getting vitamin D from nutrient-rich foods and sun exposure.
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Recipe of the Month
Recipe of the Month
Looking for a healthy treat? This banana pudding trifle recipe is packed with vitamin D-rich foods.
Did You Know

Proper nutrition can help you better tolerate cancer treatment and minimize side effects. Incorporating nutrient-rich foods into your diet helps keep your body strong and increases energy levels. Learn more about the benefits of nutrition therapy.


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