Podcast – The Role of Vitamin D and Sunlight Incidence in Cancer.

Podcast by Dr. Alice Câmara – May 19, 2020

A study aimed to review the relationship between VD deficiency and cancer: http://www.eurekaselect.com/170650/article

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Maternal Vitamin D Status and Development of Asthma and Allergy in Early Childhood

Author(s): Anna Papadopoulou, Evangelia Bountouvi, Vasiliki Papaevaggelou, Kostas N. Priftis.


Vitamin D has an indisputable immunodulatory role in both lung and immune system development, which is initiated during fetal life and is mainly accomplished in the first years of extrauterine life. Several published studies have shown that low levels of vitamin D may increase the risk of developing asthma and allergic diseases. Moreover, vitamin D deficiency epidemic reported over the last decades coincides with an increase in the prevalence of asthma and allergies in westernized societies. Since placental transfer of 25(OH)D is the major source of vitamin D in the developing fetus, important questions concerning the impact of maternal vitamin D status on the outcome of pregnancy have arisen. The aim of this review is to present the current evidence regarding the determinants of vitamin D status in pregnancy as well as its role in the development of asthma and allergies in early childhood.

Read more here: http://www.eurekaselect.com/131440


Testimonial by Barbara Bobrowska – Korczak!

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Contributed Article: “Disorders of Mechanisms of Calcium Metabolism Control as Potential Risk Factors of Prostate Cancer

Vitamin D Essential for Human Life

Vitamins are greatly important for human body. There are many types of vitamins which serve us in their own way. Some vitamins can be obtained through diet and supplements but there are also certain that can be produced within the body. Vitamin D is such.

Vitamin D also known as ‘sunshine vitamin’ performs important functions in our body. It promotes calcium absorption, maintains normal calcium and phosphate levels, also enhances bone and cell growth and reduces inflammation.

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Deficiency of vitamin D has become a global public health issue. Many people, for many reasons, are not getting enough vitamin D. According to Harvard University, an estimated 1 billion people worldwide are vitamin D deficient.  It can be found in all age groups and Ethnicities. Deficiency of vitamin D can have short as well as long term affects and could lead to numerous diseases like skeletal diseases, metabolic disorders, cancer, cardiovascular disease, autoimmune diseases, infections, cognitive disorders, and/or mortality and also rickets and Osteomalacia.

Amount of vitamin D required by people each day is still in question among scientist. A report was released in which tripling the daily vitamin D intake is recommended for children and adults in the U.S. and Canada. There are some foods that are rich in vitamin D. Many people also take supplements for vitamin D but the level in most multivitamins is 400 IU which is too low. For multivitamin preparations some manufacturers have also considered adding 800 to 1000 IU of Vitamin D.  People who do not spend much time in the sun must consider adding separate vitamin D supplements having vitamin D in it too.

eBook by J. Ruth Wu-Wong ::: “Why Does Vitamin D Matter?”

9781608050833-1New tests and studies continue to reveal exciting information about the power of vitamin D in maintaining good health and preventing major illnesses. ‘Why Does Vitamin D Matter?’ not only covers vitamin D basics, but also explores the science of the vitamin D receptor (VDR), the protein that binds to the active metabolite of vitamin D to fulfill biochemical functions, it explains how vitamin D analogs directly activate the VDR. Readers will find this e-book informative, not only from the scientific point of view, but also from the potential applications of the knowledge into one’s daily life.

This e-book is suitable for both general readers and scientists involved in vitamin D research or students who are interested in a career in biochemical/medical/nutritional research, especially in the field of vitamin D and the vitamin D receptor.

Read more about this interesting eBook here: http://ebooks.benthamscience.com/book/9781608050833/

Upcoming Thematic Issue – Repurposing vitamin D as therapeutic agent for digestive diseases

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What Sunlight Gives to the Skin – Vitamin D or Skin Cancer?!

The answer to this question is not as simple as choosing between these two options. Skin cancer is a devil that takes many a lives every year, and we are well aware that the culprit is our sun. The UV rays emitting from sunlight have all the potential to destroy the DNA in skin cells. This destruction gives favorable environment to the malignant cells to prosper. This prosperity leaves oneself at the disposal of skin cancer.


Flipside of this very bright, burning coin is beneficial for us. Sun is the major source of vitamin D which is dearly essential for the bones and muscles. It can only be obtained by a good regular exposure to the sunlight. Scientists, every now and then, are coming up with ideas of what ill can happen if we have a lack of intake of the sunlight. This makes this topic very tricky – you have to sit in the sunlight and still keep yourself away.

Scientists at the University of Sydney, Australia have presented a very informative review about this tricky topic, in the research paper Sunlight Vitamin D and Skin Cancer published in Anti-Cancer Agents in Medicinal Chemistry.

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