Thursday, September 14, 2006

More Good News About Vitamin D

It turns out that vitamin D helps protect you from pancreatic cancer, a particularly deadly form of the disease. This according to a report from Northwestern and Harvard researchers, and reported by the WashingtonPost.

The best part? Just the recommended daily amount is enough to cut your chances of contracting pancreatic cancer in half.

To find vitamin D, reach for fish, eggs and liver, or fortified dairy and soy foods. Then again, you could just go for a walk on a sunny day, because your body naturally uses sunlight to create D for itself. But whether or not that's going to give you the recommended daily amount of 400 international units is unlikely.

Each year, 32,000 people are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Just one in 20 will survive more than five years.

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