-Dr. Kathy Johnson, PhD, CMC
Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma is a very common cancer of the immune system that is mostly found in senior citizens. The Mayo Clinic in Minnesota has been researching on the possibility that higher intakes of vitamin K in one’s diet may lower the risk of developing Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. The researchers discovered that participants who had more vitamin K had a 45% lower chance of developing this illness. As the first study of vitamin K’s relationship to Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, the scientists presentation at the American Association for Cancer Research impressed many as a breakthrough. It shows great hope for senior citizens.
With all the different vitamins, what is so special about vitamin K? Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin that is developed from plants or bacterial synthesis. It is good for diet and supplement use and can be found in our daily vegetables like leaf lettuce, spinach, vegetable oils, and some fruits as well. Normally, this vitamin is known for reducing blood clots because of the higher level of protein, but the researchers now show that it could play a great role in reducing Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma as well. Remember that this does not mean you should take increasingly high levels of vitamin K, but just the right amount for your daily diet. Studies showed that the right amount will make a difference, but exceeding the level of vitamin K will still leave results at a plateau.
Those at the Mayo Comprehensive Cancer Center are continuing their work to discover preventions and reductions of cancers, such as this with vitamin K and Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma.