Experts: Death rate can be reduced by 13 percent
Vitamin D is often considered THE miracle cure. The vitamin that we can get from the sun, fish or avocados actually strengthens our immune system. However, vitamin D deficiency is particularly widespread among the elderly and cancer patients. Researchers have found that taking the vitamin can reduce the death rate from cancer by a whopping 13 percent. Cancer experts from the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) provide another impressive figure.
Researchers from the DKFZ in Heidelberg have now transferred the results of global studies to Germany. A sufficient vitamin D supply from the age of 50 could therefore prevent up to 30,000 deaths from cancer every year in Germany alone.
“ The majority of the elderly population has a vitamin D deficiency and would benefit from vitamin D supplementation,” Brenner told RTL. You can have your doctor’s vitamin D level determined and “then discuss the best possible dosage. But since that is often not done, in my opinion it is also justifiable that vitamin D in doses at which you do not have to expect serious side effects, is also easy to take, “says Hermann Brenner from the DKFZ.
Determining the level at the doctor’s is often considerably more expensive than vitamin D itself. The researchers have also examined this.
“In comparison to conventional cancer therapies, vitamin D is comparatively cheap in the usual daily doses.” The treatment would cost around 25 euros per year.
The studies relate to pure vitamin D intake, says Brenner. Pills that you get in the drugstore are often a mix of several preparations.