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Friday, February 27, 2009

High calcium intake may reduce risk of digestive cancer

A study was just completed by the National Cancer Institute on the link between calcium intake and cancer diagnosis in men and women ages 50 to 71. Calcium is already known to boost bone health, but more research was needed to evaluate calcium 's effect on cancer. Nearly 500,000 participated in this study. The 20% of men who consumed the most calcium (about 1530 mg per day) had a 16% lower risk of digestive cancer as compared to the 20% of men who consumed the least (about 526 mg per day). For women, the 20% who consumed the most calcium (about 1881 mg) had a 23% lower risk of digestive cancer as compared to the 20% of women who consumed the least (about 494 mg per day).

The Institute of Medicine recommends 1200 mg of calcium per day for men and women over age 50.

As a food producer, would you consider adding calcium to your product based on this study? If your product contains calcium, would you consider advertising the health benefits of products containing calcium?

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