Long known as an important factor in bone health, a quickly growing body of evidence now also shows that vitamin D may help lower the risk of cancer, heart disease, and even premature death.1,2 Vitamin D exists in several forms. A simple guide to these different types will help you better understand this vitamin’s potential health benefits.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed by an alphabet soup of scientific notation when you begin to delve into the topic of vitamin D. But it’s really not as complicated as it may seem. Here’s a quick guide to the different forms of the vitamin and how it likely helps protect against cancer.
1. Heaney RP. Vitamin D in health and disease. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol. Sep 2008;3(5):1535-1541.
2. Melamed ML, Michos ED, Post W, Astor B. 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels and the risk of mortality in the general population. Arch Intern Med. Aug 11 2008;168(15):1629-1637.
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