A retired UCLA doctor asked me,
“ Are you checking Vitamin D level? Cancer patients tend to be low in Vitamin D. If vitamin D is low, they have trouble with muscle function and pain, as well as bone pain/osteoporosis. “
He is right. My vitamin D level has been low and I’ve been suffering from muscle stiffness, pains, and cramps.
After I read the email, I googled about the link between cancer and vitamin D. Then, this is what I found.
According to the CBS news dated 3/7/2014, the researchers studied 44,400 breast cancer women’s vitamin D (25-hydroxyvitamin D) level in the blood. “Patients with high levels of Vitamin D in their blood were twice as likely to survive the disease than women with low levels of the nutrient,” said the article.
The researchers reported that Vitamin D could block the aggressive cancer cell division and stop cancer growing. They recommended to add Vitamin D to chemotherapy.
The best source of vitamin D is the sunlight, but they say that fatty fish like tuna, fortified milk, and even oranges are good sources of vitamin D, also.
It depends on the level of vitamin D in the blood how much we should take as a supplement, but I was recommended 2000IU/day. I was taking only 400IU/day, so it was way too little. Increasing the dose, now I may be able to improve all my muscle problems and even make the new regimen more powerful! Thank you Doctor!