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New Research Provides Insight Into the Power of Calcium

from Jana Mitcham
March 5, 2005

Exciting News! During the month of March, your FREE AutoShip product will be Coral Calcium+. Read this article to discover important information about calcium and your health!

The Health Science Institute released news of a University of Minnesota (UM) study involving 45,000 women and spanning 8.5 years. The purpose of that study:

To validate research done earlier (a 900 person trial) at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical center that has shown how high calcium intake may significantly impact advanced polyps and their ability to turn cancerous. That study indicated that calcium supplements (apart from dietary sources--the subjects of this study took 1200 mg of calcium carbonate a day) provide effective protection against advanced polyps which may be a factor in colorectal cancer.

The UM study confirmed those earlier results, "while shedding new light on the value of supplementing with calcium."

The guidelines established for the study were:

"In addition to tracking dietary sources of calcium, the researchers separated the subjects into four groups according to their intake of supplementary calcium:

  • Zero calcium supplement intake: more than 25,400 subjects
  • Zero to 400 mg daily: more than 9,400 subjects
  • 401 to 800 mg daily: more than 4,100 subjects
  • More than 800 mg daily: more than 6,200 subjects

The results were published in the January 2005 issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, the UM team reported three key results:

  • Compared with low calcium consumption (from either diet or supplements), subjects who consumed between 400 and 800 mg of calcium per day from any source reduced their risk of colorectal cancer by about 25%.
  • When calcium intake was more than 800 mg per day, colorectal cancer risk was reduced by more than 45%.
  • Women who consumed large amounts of calcium from BOTH dietary and supplemental sources had the greatest protection against colorectal cancer...

These results, combined with earlier research (such as the Dartmouth-Hitchcock trial of more than 900 men and women), would indicate that high calcium intake also acts as a preventive in men."

Both the UM and Dartmouth-Hitchcock studies illustrate the importance of including calcium supplements and plenty of calcium-rich foods in your diet, such as salmon, cabbage, kale, and yellow, green, or waxed beans.

Whether you and your health care professional decide that calcium supplements are right for you or not, keep in mind one more important preventive measure: Ask your doctor about arranging for a colonoscopy, which is recommended every three to five years for everyone over the age of 50; especially those with a family history of colon cancer.

Everyone needs a good balanced calcium product for strong bones and teeth and for assistance with maintaining proper pH levels! Our Coral Calcium+ is a good source of elemental calcium, D3, magnesium, potassium and boron. It also includes EnZact 77k, our exclusive enzymatic activation and delivery system. Our formula also contains selenium--of which it may be said: Selenium may reduce the risk of certain cancers. Some scientific evidence suggests that consumption of selenium may reduce the risk of certain forms of cancer. However, the FDA has determined that this evidence is limited and not conclusive.

Sources:

Calcium From Diet and Supplements is Associated With Reduced Risk of Colorectal Cancer in a Prospective Cohort of Women Cancer, Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, Vol. 14, No. 1, January 2005, ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

Calcium May Protect Women From Colorectal Cancer" NutraIngredients.com, 1/28/05, nutraingredients.com

 

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