Research finds lower levels of vitamin D in African American women

According to data presented at this year’s Conference on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities (CSCHD), African American naturally have lower levels of vitamin D, meaning there is an increased likelihood for aggressive breast cancer.

“We know that darker skin pigmentation acts somewhat as a block to producing vitamin D,” said researcher Susan Steck. She went on to explain that sunlight is the primary source of vitamin D for most people.

Steck and her colleagues observed over 100 individuals who had been diagnosed with breast cancer in the past five years. Subjects donated a blood sample from which their vitamin D levels were determined. It was found that 15 percent of white women were deficient, compared to 60 percent of African American women.

Those looking to increase their vitamin D levels may want to consider dietary supplements, such as those offered from Dr. Newton’s Naturals.

Sublingual Vitamin D-3 from Dr. Newton’s Naturals contains the recommended daily amount of vitamin D, which amounts to roughly 25 cans of tuna. Adding additional vitamin D to one’s diet may build stronger bones, support the immune system and protect women against breast cancer.

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