The first study, published in the British Journal of Cancer, found that in patients with colorectal cancer, those with higher blood levels of vitamin D at diagnosis were 50% less likely to die during that time than those with lower levels.
Patients with the lowest levels at diagnosis were 30% more likely to suffer a relapse after treatment than those with the highest levels. Patients with higher amounts of vitamin D in their blood also had thinner tumours when they were diagnosed. The findings were published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
Vitamin D is produced by the body in the presence of sunlight. It is also present in some foods, such as fatty fish and eggs. Vitamin D is a vital nutrient essential for many body processes and has also been linked to protecting against other conditions, including osteoporosis, diabetes, asthma, high blood pressure and depression.
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