Vitamin D – the ‘Missing Hormone’ Linked To Cancer and Heart Disease

Holy Hormones Journal: So let’s put it this way – if the body is missing a vital component – like a hormone – how could it function optimally?  Through all of the “Got Milk” and other milk commercials we have been told that vitamin D is good for bone health – but it is an essential nutrient that the body cannot live without.

Sue Rex Ryan discusses this in her award-winning book on vitamin D, called Defend Your Life‘. What is a vitamin? It is something essential that must be derived from an external source – because our body is not able to make it on its own.

Vitamin D is more of a sun hormone  – meaning that our body makes a chemical on the skin during exposure to the sun. that chemical/hormone is absorbed into the bloodstream and transmitted to every cell in the body. This hormone has an important role just like thyroid hormones or reproductive hormones like estrogen and progesterone.  All play a crucial role in body balance and health.

Now that I think of it, this is not unlike photosynthesis. Right?

Photosynthesis is a process used by plants and other organisms to convert light energy, normally from the sun, into chemical energy that can be later released to fuel the organisms’ activities. Wikipedia

So know that you know this – doesn’t the article and the study below make sense?

Low Vitamin D Levels Linked to Disease in Two Big Studies

New research has found that lower vitamin D levels were associated with illness, but didn’t show whether they were a cause.

The New York Times
By ANAHAD O’CONNOR

vitamin-dPeople with low vitamin D levels are more likely to die from cancer and heart disease and to suffer from other illnesses, scientists reported in two large studies published on Tuesday.

The new research suggests strongly that blood levels of vitamin D are a good barometer of overall health. But it does not resolve the question of whether low levels are a cause of disease or simply an indicator of behaviors that contribute to poor health, like a sedentary lifestyle, smoking and a diet heavy in processed and unhealthful foods.

Nicknamed the sunshine nutrient, vitamin D is produced in the body when the skin is exposed to sunlight. It can be obtained from a small assortment of foods, including fish, eggs, fortified dairy products and organ meats, and vegetables like mushrooms and kale. And blood levels of it can be lowered by smoking, obesity and inflammation.

Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium and is an important part of the immune system. Receptors for the vitamin and related enzymes are found throughout cells and tissues of the body, suggesting it may be vital to many physiological functions, said Dr. Oscar H. Franco, a professor of preventive medicine at Erasmus Medical Center in the Netherlands and an author of one of the new studies, which appeared in the journal BMJ.

 

“It has effects at the genetic level, and it affects cardiovascular health and bone health,” he said. “There are different hypotheses for the factors that vitamin D regulates, from genes to inflammation. That’s the reason vitamin D seems so promising.”

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.