Vitamin D and Low-Grade Prostate Cancer

Vitamin D is vital in activating human defenses and a new study shows that taking vitamin D supplements could slow or even reverse the progression of less aggressive, or low-grade, prostate tumors without the need for surgery or radiation.

The new research suggests that vitamin D supplementation may improve low-grade prostate cancers by reducing inflammation, perhaps lessening the need for eventual surgery or radiation treatment. "We don't know yet whether vitamin D treats or prevents prostate cancer," says Bruce Hollis, Ph.D., who is at the Medical University of South Carolina. "At the minimum, what it may do is keep lower-grade prostate cancers from going ballistic." To learn more about this study, click here.