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What are some benefits of Vitamin D from Heliotherapy?


There are  many issues that vitamin D has been proven to correct or address positively.  And there is no reason to believe that anyone has the full list.  But we can see by the things that we do know that vitamin D is important and heliotherapy is important as a regular part of our natural lives.  It is in that vain that I offer a few examples to accent the importance of natural vitamin D.  Even if you do not have these problems, may be it is not unreasonable to think that boosting your vitamin D with heliotherapy might immunize or prevent you for developing them and other issues.


Prostate cancer

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Vitamin D is known to have a part in regulating cell growth.  Scientific researchers after experiments tell us that it may helps prevent the out of control cell multiplication that we see in cancer.  This happens as it tends to reduce cell division, limiting blood flow to tumors (angiogenesis), and advancing cancer cells’ death (apoptosis)  As a result there is limiting of the spread of cancer cells (metastasis).


The prostate has a large contingent of vitamin D receptors.  Beyond that, it also filled with enzymes that convert biologically inactive vitamin D, known as 25(OH)D, into the active form of the vitamin, known as  1,25(OH)2D. These enzymes work more actively in normal prostate cells than they do in prostate cancer cells.  So, it would seem the sooner that you supplement vitamin D with heliotherapy the better.


Do the results from these experiments translate into clinically important effects? Possibly. Several lines of evidence are relevant.


Why is this relevant in prostate cancer?


First, there is the calcium connection. In 1998, Harvard’s Health

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Professionals Follow-up Study involving 47,781 men, they found that when there is a high consumption of calcium, whether that comes from food or supplements, there is an associated increased risk of advanced prostate cancer.  


These Harvard scientists speculated that the problem is not the calcium, but rather the real problem is a relative lack of active vitamin D.


Notice what I just wrote; it is the relative lack.  When there is more vitamin D in relation to calcium intake, there is more conversion of the vitamin into the active form and the risk is mitigated.   The problem may be the lack of balancing active vitamin D.  That active form is only available if there is an increase in the inactive form to be converted.  Enter heliotherapy.


Second, there is a sunlight connection.  Prostate cancer is more common in less sunny areas, than it is in the sunny places.  


In 2005, a 13-year Harvard study of 2,399 men was released saying that if a man had high blood levels of both forms of vitamin D — 25(OH)D and 1,25(OH)2D, he statistically had a 45% lower risk of developing aggressive prostate cancer than men who had a below-average levels of the two forms of vitamin D.  [There are some  genetic variations in the vitamin D receptors that seemed to enhance the protective effect of the vitamin.  Some of these variations caused a lessening of conversion from the inactive to active forms.]


Is heliotherapy a panacea in prostate cancer?  No, or maybe not, but it may put you in a position to be prostate cancer free.  It is possible that heliotherapy can dramatically reduce your risk of developing prostate cancer and beyond that the risk of the more aggressive form.  This is caused by increasing the available vitamin D for conversion.  Heliotherapy can help you in this.

to be continued

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