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STUDY: Another reason to take Cod liver oil
JOURNAL: Journal of Clinical Cancer Research
AUTHORS: Sujatha Sundaram
ABSTRACT: An analog of vitamin D, can destroy radiation-resistant cells that can remain following radiation therapy for breast cancer. Researchers from Dartmouth Medical School utilized a mouse model of breast cancer to compare radiation alone to radiation combined with EB 1089. They found final tumor volumes in the mice who received the combination therapy to be half that of mice who did not receive the vitamin D analog.
COMMENTARY: Radiation-resistant cells are dangerous, because they can lead to a reccurrence of the cancer being treated. Vitamin D has been found to prevent and treat several types of cancer, but an excess of the vitamin can elevate serum calcium, affecting bone structure. The modified form of the vitamin used in this study causes less of this type of side effect, and is much more readily tolerated by the patient than chemotherapy.
Lead author and assistant research professor at Dartmouth Medical School, Dr Sujatha Sundaram, commented, "The results of our latest study with EB 1089 are very encouraging. The vitamin D analog has proven effective in enhancing radiation treatments in our prior studies with cell cultures and now in live mice. We are eager to push ahead to clinical trials with breast cancer treatments in humans."
Here is another reason to make sure to get your cod liver oil as it contains vit D. This is especially true if you live in the north where there is less sunlight.