Vitamin D Linked with Reduced Risk of Cancer

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"Most vitamin D doesn't really come from your diet" in most cases, he says. And he says multivitamins contain relatively low levels of vitamin D. "So you really have to take a supplement" to meet recommended doses.

-Marji McCoullough, American Cancer Society (Source NPR)

A new study provides the strongest evidence yet linking Vitamin D in the body and a reduced risk of cancer.

Primo Smoothie contains high levels of Vitamin D, helping ensure you meet your daily intake needs.

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We all know that we have to eat a healthy, balanced diet and engage in moderate exercise on a regular basis to be overall "healthy." But each year it seems like the body of research is growing to support the truth that certain vitamins, minerals, and compounds can play an outsized roll when it comes to reducing our risk for diseases later in life.  

Just recently, the largest, most comprehensive study to date has provided strong evidence to support the link between the amount of Vitamin D present in the blood stream and a reduced risk of colorectal cancer.  In fact, the study found that reduced levels of Vitamin D in the blood were associated with a 30% increase in risk of colorectal cancer.  Whereas levels of Vitamin D in the blood above the recommended threshold were associated with a 22% LOWER risk of colorectal cancer.

One of the things the study points out that was particularly interesting, and often not associated with colorectal cancer, was the correlation between higher levels of Vitamin D in the blood and a reduced risk of colorectal cancer in women.  Also of note, thought not connected to this study, is that Vitamin D plays a large role in calcium homeostasis, also of concern for many women.   

So what is Vitamin D and how do you obtain it?  Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that actually plays a roll in the uptake of other nutrients as well, including calcium (see above), magnesium, and phosphate - as well as metabolism or energy production in the body.  Vitamin D is found in fatty cold water fish, and other dietary sources like egg yolks.  It's production is enhanced through sun exposure, though keep in mind everyone's body has a different ability to produce the vitamin, affected by a number of personal, genetic, and environmental factors.  Not to mention we have winters to contend with, when much of the population sees dramatically reduced time in the sun.  Additionally, prolonged and excessive sun exposure has its share of downsides as well, causing skin damage and aging, not to mention increasing the risk of sun-related maladies.

Although there are a few great ways to get Vitamin D directly from food sources, many of these foods like salmon, trout, tuna and other fatty fish have been substantially reduced in many of our modern diets, or are simply not practical to eat often enough for various cultural or economical reasons.

So why are we writing about Vitamin D, this recently published study on Vitamin D and cancer prevention, and how does Field Work Nutrition and our Primo Smoothie factor into all of this?  Well, conveniently, Primo Smoothie is a great source of Vitamin D.  We included this crucial nutrient in adequate quantities because there has already been plenty of research to show that it helps support activity and physical performance (metabolism, above), and that those of us who are physically active can already have reduced amounts of Vitamin D in our body.  

The beauty of Primo Smoothie is that as a food that can be simply prepared and eaten daily, it is a great way to make sure you are getting adequate Vitamin D, not to mention all the other vitamins, minerals, and nutrients it is rich it.  The fact that Primo Smoothie is "all in one" helps deliver a whole array of essential vitamins and minerals conveniently, reducing the need to mix and match foods, supplements, multivitamins etc.  And as an added bonus, if you are blending your smoothie with fruit, you will be getting additional vitamins and minerals naturally occurring in those foods, as well as fiber and complex carbohydrates which are great for digestive health and provide steady, whole food energy.

Is Primo Smoothie meant to treat or prevent cancer...NO!  But will it help you meet your daily needs of Vitamin D and other nutrients crucial for proper functioning of the body...YES!  And with more and more studies coming out suggesting the importance of getting Vitamin D and so many other crucial nutrients, Primo Smoothie is a great way to make sure you are getting the daily nutrition you need...and enjoy it in the process!

As always, consult your doctor or health care professional with any personal questions regarding your health, nutrition, and how to approach it in a way that works for you.  Stay healthy, folks...we'll #seeyououtthere.

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