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The #1 Nutrient That Could Prevent Bladder Cancer Naturally

By on September 27, 2013
Men face a higher risk of certain cancers more than their female counterparts–but when it comes to bladder cancer, few men realize that their gender could triple their risk.

“As with many forms of cancer, the disease is the result of poor lifestyle choices over the course of decades, as waste metabolites cause genetic alterations in the lining of the bladder that eventually results in cancer,” says John Phillip, a certified nutritional consultant and contributor to Natural News. “Bladder cancer will kill 15,000 people this year, and the incidence is three times more prevalent in men than women.”

And while simple lifestyle measures, such as eating more fruits and vegetables and avoiding smoking, could reduce your risk, it doesn’t help eliminate other factors–such as genetic or environmental factors that are impossible to control.

But according to one study that was reported in 2012, a treatment to prevent bladder cancer may exist–though scientists are surprisingly quiet about the subject.

“We have seen that those subjects with the highest levels of 25(OH)D3, a stable form of vitamin D in the blood, are those who showed the lowest risk of suffering bladder cancer,” says Nuria Malats, head of the Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology Group at the Spanish National Cancer Research Center. “These results indicate that high levels of this vitamin are associated with protection from the illness or, similarly, that low levels are associated with a higher risk of suffering from it.”

According to Malats’ research, over 2,000 adults were surveyed about their dietary intake, including those that had bladder cancer. A bigger protective benefit was observed in those who had the highest levels of vitamin D in their blood streams–with this effect magnified for those with aggressive bladder tumors.

As for the reasons why, Malats believes that vitamin D helps regulate a protein that is commonly associated with the progression of bladder cancer.

“We have also shown, using in vitro molecular analysis, that vitamin D regulates the expression of a protein–FGFR3–that takes part in the development of bladder cancer,” says Francisco X. Real, who also helped author the study. While both Real and Malats won’t say this is a cure for bladder cancer, it may be the first step to finding a way to prevent it for good–which could potentially save thousands of lives each year, according to recent statistics.

But what’s the best way to get your fill of vitamin D?

“Our bodies produce their own vitamin D through exposure to the sunlight–and fortunately, all you need is about 15 minutes on your hands, a few times each week,” says Joy Bauer, nutritionist and contributor to TODAY.com. “Because food sources are limited, it’s a good idea to consider supplements. As always, check with your personal physician before taking anything new. Take a multivitamin which provides at least the Daily Value, 400 IU.”

If supplements aren’t an option, however, Bauer says changing your diet still is a good option–foods such as salmon, mackerel, shrimp, and low-fat milk all carry enough vitamin D to help reduce your cancer risk.

Readers: What are some other ways you get vitamin D into your daily diet?

Sources:
Ways to Get in More Vitamin DToday.com
Vitamin D May Stop Bladder TumorsScienceDaily.com
Vitamin D Could Control Bladder Cancer?NaturalNews.com

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