Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Magnesium lowers colorectal cancer risk

Dietary magnesium might be related to colorectal tumor risk through the pivotal roles of magnesium in cellular metabolism, insulin resistance, and systemic inflammation, according to a study in the August issue of American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Researchers evaluated the hypothesis of whether higher dietary magnesium intake is associated with reduced colorectal tumor risk. In a study on colorectal adenomas (768 cases; 709 polyp-free control subjects), every 100-mg per day increase in magnesium intake was associated with 13% lower risk of colorectal adenomas and 12% lower risk of colorectal cancer. The findings support the hypothesis that higher intakes of dietary magnesium are associated with lower risk of colorectal tumors. The consumption of magnesium-rich foods and supplements should be a new avenue to explore further in the search for cancer-prevention strategies.

Bonnie and Steve: maybe a new avenue of research for the authors of this study, but not for Nutritional Concepts!

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