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2012-09-04

Magnesium Prevents Colon Cancer

This study was published a few weeks ago, but I only came across it now--so not necessarily brand-spankin' new, but recent enough for me to discuss.

In a case-controlled study involving 768 people with colorectal adenomas, a meta-analysis of 3 other case-controlled studies (colorectal adenomas), and 6 prospective cohort studies (carcinomas), researchers found that dietary magnesium may be associated with lower risk of colorectal tumours.

The case-controlled study showed an inverse association between dietary magnesium intake and risk of colorectal adenomas (especially in older subjects with higher Body-Mass Index), and for risk of advanced adenomas. In the meta-analysis, every 100 mg increase in daily magnesium intake was associated with lower risk of colorectal adenomas and a lower risk of colorectal cancer.

These findings suggest that higher intakes of dietary magnesium may be linked to cancer prevention and a lower risk of colorectal tumours.

According to sales data in North America, this magnificent mineral is now the fastest growing mineral in dietary supplements sales...and it's about time. It has so many benefits, yet so many people (the majority) are not consuming enough. Magnesium also becomes particularly important for balancing calcium intake (for those continuing to take the out-dated calcium supplements that don't contain magnesium).

So make sure you visit your local healthfood store and ask about what supplement is best for you.

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Source: Magnesium intake and colorectal tumor risk: a case-control study and meta-analysis

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