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Magnesium May Reduce the Risk of a Common Deadly Cancer

A recent study found that increased intakes of magnesium may help men reduce their risk of developing colon cancer.

The study was conducted by researchers from Japan's National Cancer Center in Tokyo and published in the March 2010 issue of the Journal of Nutrition.

The researchers recruited nearly 90,000 people with an average age of 57 for the eight year study. All of the participants filled out food frequency questionnaires to measure their magnesium intake.

During the course of the study 689 cases of colon cancer were diagnosed among men and 440 cases were diagnosed among women.

There was an extremely strong relationship between magnesium intake and colon cancer among men, with the highest intakes (at least 327 mg/d) resulting in a 52% reduction in colon cancer risk.

This study follows a previous analysis of 6 separate studies which found that magnesium may also reduce the risk of heart disease for men. That study was published in the December 2009 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

In addition, this study also found that magnesium plays a role in over 300 biochemical reactions in the body. For this reason, it isn't surprising that magnesium has also been linked to a number of other benefits including helping with bone development, and reducing the risks of stroke and abnormal blood pressure.

Currently most American adults do not get the recommended daily value for magnesium, which is 320 mg for women and 420 mg for men.

A supplement is a great way to get your daily magnesium but there are also many dietary sources of magnesium such as green leafy vegetables, meats, starches, grains and nuts and milk.

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