Cholecalciferol

Cholecalciferol

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Caption: Cholecalciferol is a form of Vitamin D, also called vitamin D3 or calciol. It is structurally similar to steroids such as testosterone, cholesterol, and cortisol (though vitamin D3 itself is a secosteroid). A 2008 study published in Cancer Research has shown the addition of vitamin D3 (along with calcium) to the diet of some mice fed a regimen similar in nutritional content to a new Western diet prevented colon cancer development.

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Keywords: biology, calciol, chemistry, cholecalciferol, diagram, illustration, model, molecular, molecular model, molecular structure, molecule, molecules, secosteroid, vitamin, vitamin d3, vitamins

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