New research shows that Vitamin D can protect against cancer, diabetes, depression, and heart disease.
Groundbreaking new research shows that Vitamin D is crucial for protecting against cancer, diabetes, depression, and heart disease. It may also help prolong our lives. A study published last summer found that people with the highest levels of Vitamin D in their blood are 21 percent less likely to die of any cause than people with the lowest levels of Vitamin D.
While other nutrients, like vitamin E, have proved disappointing in similar large studies, “there really seems to be something super-protective about Vitamin D,”says study co-author Michael Melamed, MD, an assistant professor of medicine, epidemiology and population health at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City.
As many as 78 percent of Americans don’t have the amount of vitamin D necessary for good health, according to the Office of Dietary Supplements in Washington, D.C. One-third of the population — mostly women — fail to even meet the current minimum recommended daily amount.