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Supplementing With Calcium Daily May Help Ward Off Colon Polyps, Study Suggests

According to a study published in the Jan. 17 issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, a daily regimen involving calcium supplementation maintained for four years can protect people from recurrent colorectal adenomas – a type of polyp that leads to cancer – for up to five years even after discontinuing the supplementation.

A correlation between daily calcium supplementation and reduced colorectal adenoma risk was discovered in an earlier study but the recent follow-up study indicated that the supplements continue to offer protection even after patients discontinue use.

Following the conclusion of the previous study, data from 587 patients who previously had at least one colonoscopy was analyzed for a seven year period. At the five-year-mark, a 31.5 percent rate of adenoma formation was evident in the former calcium users, while a 43.2 percent growth rate was evident in the group who never used calcium supplements. Neither group was reported to experience any apparent effect on after that time. The study also showed that the prior use of calcium supplements reduced advanced adenoma risk, but not in a way that was statistically significant.

One of the studies co-author’s, Dr. John A. Baron of Dartmouth Medical School in Lebanon, New Hampshire, said he would like to see the results of his study duplicated by future researchers, but noted that claiming that calcium supplements were a viable way to prevent colorectal cancer by putting the horse before the cart as it is till too early to tell. He added that the study turned up evidence that prostate cancer risk might be increased by calcium supplementation.

Frank Mangano’s commentary:

While further research is still needed to solidify these claims about calcium and cancer, knowledge is power. And doing your best to acquire as much knowledge as possible will only fuel your power in your quest to enhance your health naturally.

Keep in mind that calcium deficiency can lead to aching joints, brittle nails, eczema, depression, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart palpitations, hyperactivity, nervousness and tooth decay.

The key point to remember about any type of supplementation is how viable the source is from where you are getting it. Supplementing with calcium through certain types of antacids for example is a bad idea as they actually interfere with the assimilation of minerals like calcium because they reduce stomach acid.

High grade calcium is key. I recommend taking calcium with acidic natural foods like strawberries or oranges, which increase absorption and assimilation of this mineral. Supplementing with calcium is more effective when spread throughout the day in small doses. No more than 500 milligrams should be taken at once as the body can’t absorb more than this amount in one dose.

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