Vitamin D could help mitigate chemotherapy side effects

Vitamin D has been widely shown to have a host of anti-inflammatory and immune-modulatory effects in the intestine, as well as anticancer properties and therefore, may reduce severity of gastrointestinal mucositis, a side effect of chemotherapy.

Following a new study reviewing new therapeutic strategies for combatting gastrointestinal toxicity in chemotherapy, Vitamin D and probiotics were the most promising. The paper published in Supportive and Palliative Care, shows promise for cancer patients that Vitamin D could prove to be the key hormone to alleviate suffering.

Researchers are now working on ways to enhance the activity of Vitamin D in the intestine as a more viable option for treating gastrointestinal mucositis in cancer patients.

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