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YOU Tips: 5 Ways to Prevent Cancer


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Fortify Yourself With Vitamin D
Getting limited amounts of sun and taking vitamin D supplements can decrease your risk for cancer.
Getting limited amounts of sun and taking vitamin D supplements can decrease your risk for cancer.
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Vitamin D decreases the risk of cancer, perhaps because it's toxic to cancer cells. The other theory is that D bolsters the ability of the guard dog p53 gene to spot cancerous cells and kill them. Most Americans don't get enough D because we're indoors most of the time, and when we're outdoors, we're wearing sunscreen. We recommend getting 800 IU a day if you're younger than sixty and 1,000 IU if you're over sixty. You can do it through supplements or food (though you probably won't get more than 300 or so IUs through food alone, so supplementation is smart). Getting some sunlight, ideally around twenty minutes daily of direct exposure, is also protective. You cannot get enough sun in most of the U.S. and all of Canada between October 1 and April 15 to turn inactive vitamin D into active vitamin D. So we recommend you get insurance D in foods supplemented with vitamin D3 or in supplements. Don't get more than 2,000 IUs a day.


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