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Dietary Magnesium May
Reduce Colon Cancer Risk 
Magnesium Rich Nuts Assorted

Again, a new study puts the spotlight on magnesium, an often-overlooked mineral that's now getting noticed for health benefits ranging from diabetes to stroke prevention.

In the latest research, British and Dutch scientists compared dietary magnesium intake among 768 patients with colorectal adenomas (polyps) and 709 healthy control subjects.

For every 100 mg increase in magnesium from foods (about the amount in a cup of beans, nuts or 2 potatoes), the risk of cancer decreased 19%.

That association was limited, however, to people with a BMI of 25 or over, those who were at least 55 years old, and advanced adenomas.

The scientists also analyzed data from 9 previous studies. In that review, every additional 100 mg of magnesium from the diet per day was linked to a 12% lower risk of colorectal cancer and a 13% decrease in the risk of colon polyps.

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

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