Consuming more magnesium may reduce the risk for colon cancer, according to a recent study.
The human body contains large amounts of the element magnesium. Magnesium is involved in more than 300 chemical reactions. Magnesium sulfate has a long history of use for the treatment of pre-eclampsia (high blood pressure and excess protein in the urine) and eclampsia (a toxic condition that can lead to seizures) in pregnant women. Studies on magnesium have shown it to be effective for the treatment of acute childhood asthma. Some studies have also shown benefit for the treatment of several heart disorders.
In a new study, researchers conducted a comprehensive literature search for well-designed clinical trials evaluating the potential association between magnesium intake and colorectal cancer risk. Eight studies including 338,979 individuals were ultimately identified for inclusion.
From the 338,979 study participants, 8,000 colorectal cancer cases were reported. Through data analyses, the researchers found that individuals with the highest magnesium intake had an 11 percent reduced risk of colorectal cancer when compared to those with the lowest. Furthermore, high magnesium intake was associated with a 19 percent reduced risk and six percent reduced risk for colon cancer and rectal cancer, respectively.
The authors concluded that high magnesium intake may be linked to reduced colorectal cancer risk, principally colon cancer risk. Further research is warranted.
In addition to magnesium, there is recent evidence that supplementation with probiotics (oligofructose-enriched insulin, Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (LGG), Bifidobacterium lactis Bb12 (BB12)) may help reduce the risk of colon cancer. Additionally, early research suggests that diets including psyllium may reduce the risk for colon cancer. More studies are needed
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