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Vitamin D Prevents Infections and Slashes Cancer Risk

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  • New research says older people who take high-dose vitamin D supplements may have a 40 percent decreased risk of contracting respiratory illnesses
  • The high rate of doctors prescribing antibiotics for viral infections may be contributing to the growing crisis of antibiotic resistance; in fact, superbugs resistant to drugs are projected to cause 10 million fatalities a year by 2050
  • African-American men in low-sunlight locations are up to 1.5 times more likely to have vitamin D deficiency, and subsequent aggressive prostate cancer, than Caucasian men in such locations
  • Patients with chronic widespread musculoskeletal pain (CWP) given 50,000 IU of vitamin D per week had marked decreases in pain, fatigue, lack of energy, tender points and depression

By Dr. Mercola

Vitamin D has some pretty extraordinary achievements under its proverbial belt, not the least of which is disease prevention. Skin exposed to the sun produces this "sunshine vitamin," which helps prevent osteoporosis and promotes strong bones and teeth.

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