Calcium and Cancer

Here’s another good reason to make sure you’re getting enough calcium.  We know that it helps guard against osteoporosis. Now findings in the Archives of Internal Medicine suggest that may also keep cancer at bay.

According to the report, women and men with higher calcium intakes have a lower risk of digestive cancers, especially colorectal cancer, which is the second leading cause of death from cancer. The other cancers dairy food and calcium protect you from include those of the head and neck, esophagus, stomach, colon, rectum and bladder

In the study, researchers from the U.S.-based National Cancer Institute followed nearly 500,000 American men and women, aged 50 to 71, for seven years.

Men who consumed the most calcium had a 16 per cent lower risk of these cancers compared with those who consumed the least.

While women, who consumed the largest amount were 23 per cent less likely to be diagnosed with a digestive cancer.

What’s more, drug trials have shown that calcium supplements reduce the recurrence of polyps that can develop into cancer. If you’re over 50, you need 1500 milligrams a day. That translates into three or four daily dairy servings. Other good sources of calcium  are cooked green vegetables, legumes, almonds, tofu and canned salmon, and orange juice. If you aren’t getting enough from food, the best advice is to reach for a supplement.

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