While there are many reasons to be excited that winter is finally over and more sunshine is appearing every day, there is one incredible health benefit to all this sunshine: vitamin D.
A recent study shows that low vitamin D levels could increase your risk of prostate cancer and the spread of the disease. Vitamin D has been shown to help slow the growth of prostate tumor cells in animals with prostate cancer. Vitamin D also helps to regulate the growth of new blood vessels, which is essential in producing new, healthy cells throughout the body.
Additionally, vitamin D helps to strengthen the immune system so that you can fight off harmful infections and toxins, such as cancer and disease.
The physicians at the Hotze Health & Wellness Center prefer to see 25-OH D ranges anywhere from 50-70 nanograms per milliliter (ng/ml) for men. On average, levels in African American men appear to be around 17 ng/ml, while the average levels in European-American men are just slightly higher, at 19 ng/ml. With these extremely low levels of vitamin D, it is easy to see why prostate cancer is becoming a bigger concern for all men.
To avoid vitamin D deficiency and protect your prostate and your immune system, it is essential that you supplement with high quality vitamin D-3 and have your vitamin D levels checked regularly.