|Hot flashes (ok, a bit of a stretch with this|
picture, but hey...it's cool isn't it?)
For women with (or a history of) breast cancer, many traditional medicines (especially those botanicals with phyto-estrogenic properties) are not typically advised due to an increased theoretical risk of promoting tumour growth (specifically for estrogen receptor positive breast cancers). So this small study looks like it could provide some relief.
In this trial, magnesium supplements were studied to see if it could reduce menopausal hot flashes in breast cancer patients. The researchers report that magnesium oxide at 400 mg per day for 4 weeks decreased the frequency of hot flashes by 41.4% and reduced intensity by 50%.
That's pretty good, but since there was no placebo group to compare to, I wonder how much of the therapeutic effect was the mind creating reality. (But really, who cares? Placebo is one of the most powerful, yet under-rated medicines readily available to everyone. Having said that, I'd still like to see a randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial sooner than later.)
Source: A pilot phase II trial of magnesium supplements to reduce menopausal hot flashes in breast cancer patients
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