Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Calcium Found to Discourage Polyps

High calcium intake may reduce the risk of developing colon polyps, which are associated with an increased risk of colon cancer. According to a trial conducted by the National Cancer Institute, people who took a daily calcium supplement of over 1,200 milligrams experienced a 27 percent decreased risk of developing polyps. Other studies have found calcium-rich dairy foods to be more protective. Experts believe calcium reduces the risk of developing polyps, in part by binding bile and fatty acids in the bowel, thus reducing exposure to cancer-causing compounds. However, since excess calcium can cause other complications, it's best to consult a health practitioner before taking calcium supplements.


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