The vitamin D it’s a micronutrient of great importance for the Health. Each scientific study conclusively reveals all the positive functions that this vitamin inside the body and why it is so important to have some optimal levels.
On this occasion, a group of researchers from the Malaga Biomedical Research Institute (IBIMA), who carry out their activity in the Virgen de la Victoria University Hospital, have shown all the benefits of vitamin D to prevent colorectal cancer.
Professor Jordi Salas-Salvadó, from the Rovira and Virgili University, together with the Pere Virgili Health Research Institute and the San Joan de Reus University Hospital.
This collaboration between both research groups has made it possible to demonstrate for the first time the link between the lack of vitamin D from the diet and the risk of developing colorectal cancer in elderly people living in areas of the Mediterranean area; and that they are also at high risk of developing some type of cardiovascular disease.
A pioneering and successful study
To develop this illustrative research work, the team has evaluated more than 7,000 participants from the PREDIMED study. Among them were women and men aged between 50 and 80 years without colorectal cancer at the beginning of this study.
All of them underwent a mean follow-up period of six years, in which the link between the consumption of vitamin D and the probability of developing this type of cancer was analyzed.
The results were enlightening enough to determine that a higher intake of vitamin D was associated with a significantly lower risk of colorectal cancer; despite being people who due to different characteristics had a high probability of having some cardiovascular disease.
This study represents “a great milestone for the advancement in the link between vitamin D and colorectal cancer”, emphasizes Dr. Manuel, co-investigator in charge of the group ‘Cellular and molecular endocrinology.
Likewise, this specialist points out that “despite the advantages of vitamin D, an exhaustive control must be established, since an excess in the form of supplements can also lead to negative effects on the body.”
Consumption with caution
On the other hand, the main people in charge of the PREDIMED study, a multi-collaborative project in which different Spanish hospitals and universities have participated, recall that «the intake of vitamin D should be considered with caution, since more studies are needed to evaluate the optimal intake of vitamin D for the prevention of colorectal cancer ».
In any case, this study is an important milestone for science and medicine to continue to delve into the benefits that vitamin D can provide for the prevention of certain types of cancer, such as colorectal.
Thus, vitamin D is re-certified to be much more than a trendy micronutrient because of the positive effects it has shown to have optimal levels during the pandemic. And is that the importance of this vitamin for health could be much more important than you think.