What a surprise it was was for me when I recently had a routine colonoscopy only to find that I had one big colon polyp. Luckily for me, the polyp was immediately removed. In discussing colon health with my physician, he recommended a diet high in Vitamin D as well as a Vitamin D supplement such as 1st Step Pro Wellness liquid Vitamin D.
According to one study, a daily intake of 645 IUs of Vitamin D could reduce the risk of dangerous colon polyps by one third. The beneficial effect of Vitamin D on colon polyps is based on the vitamin's ability to control proliferation of cells that might be multiplying too quickly. In addition, Vitamin D promotes the absorption of calcium, another nutrient that has been shown to protect against polyps in the intestine. The best sources of Vitamin D include liver, egg yolks, fish, and Vitamin-D fortified milk products.
The body can also make Vitamin D when it is exposed to sunlight. Even so, the majority of adults are deficient in Vitamin D.
Other foods alleged to help prevent polyps include broccoli, red peppers, onions, and garlic to name a few.
If you are over 50 and have not yet had a routine colonoscopy, schedule one asap. If polyps are found, they will be removed immediately. Having a colonoscopy, eating recommended foods, and taking a Vitamin D supplement are your best defenses against polyps.