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Vitamin D deficiency linked to cancer

August 24, 2010 6:37:00 PM PDT
Oxford University scientists have discovered a link between Vitamin D and genes related to cancer and autoimmune diseases.

Vitamin D deficiency is known to be a risk factor for a number of diseases including multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis.

But, this new study explains how Vitamin D may be involved.

Vitamin D affects our DNA through something called the vitamin D receptor (VDR), which binds to specific locations of the human genome.

Sources for Vitamin D include exposure to sunlight and foods such as fish, cheese, and egg yolks.


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