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Cancer-Fighting Calcium

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    Cancer-Fighting Calcium
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    Calcium can be your latest weapon in the fight against cancer.

    For years we’ve known that calcium is necessary for bone health. But now it looks like calcium can help keep cancer at bay.

    Data from the National Institutes of Health-AARP Diet and Health Study indicate that women who consumed more calcium had a lower risk of cancer in general. Men had a reduced risk for colon cancer and other digestive-related cancers, but not prostate or other types of cancer.
     
    Dairy products, such as yogurt, milk and cheese, are “relatively high in potentially anticarcinogenic nutrients such as calcium, vitamin D and conjugated linoleic acid,” according to the authors. Calcium is associated with a reduction in abnormal cell growth, specifically in the digestive tract and breast tissue.

    The RDA for calcium is anywhere from 800-1,500 mg depending on a person’s age and, if female, whether or not she is pregnant. According to the authors, “calcium intake consistent with current recommendations is associated with a lower risk of total cancer in women and cancers of the digestive system, especially colorectal cancer, in both men and women.” Now there’s a reason to get three servings of dairy a day.