Vitamin D Impacts Cancer And Autoimmune Disease Genes, Study Says

August 28th, 2010 - 7:40 pm ICT by GD  

By Gina Gomez
viramionAug 28, (THAINDIAN NEWS) A recent study which was carried out by scientists of Oxford University has highlighted the importance of Vitamin D in warding off a variety of illnesses which includes cancer as well as a number of autoimmune diseases. The findings of the research, which was undertaken by a team of English and Canadian scientist, gave a boost to the evidences that have found an association between Vitamin D and colorectal cancer as well as diseases such as multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, Type I diabetics, to name a few. The results of the study grabbed attention after it was published in the journal Genome.

The study divulged a detailed account of the molecular interactions between the ’sunshine vitamin’ and certain genes that play a pivotal role in effecting the development of cancer and a host of other autoimmune ailments. According to the research, there are an estimated 2,800 binding sites along the genome where Vitamin D interacts with the DNA elements while also indicating that there are around 229 specific genes on which the vitamin has a major impact. Professor Andreas Heger, who is associated with Oxford University’s Medical Research Council Functional Genomics Unit and is one of the lead author’s of the study revealed that the study shows highlights the wide-ranging effects that Vitamin D exerts on the health of an individual.

Most of the Vitamin D that individuals get is derived from exposure to the rays of the sun but the nutrient can also be taken as a supplements in form of food-items which are rich in the ’sunshine’ vitamin.

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