Dietary Supplements that Reduce Cancer Risk?
Many of us have either lost a family member, loved one, or friend to cancer. A diagnosis of cancer can be tremendously stressful for not only the individual who is diagnosed, but for their entire support system. One of the first things that we can all do to reduce our risk of cancer is to try to live a healthy lifestyle which includes: eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, quitting smoking, and decreasing alcohol consumption.
For those of us who have a family history of cancer, the next best thing to prevention is early diagnosis and appropriate treatment which requires regular doctor’s visits and appropriate screening tests such as PSA levels, mammography, and chest X-rays, among others.
For those interested in dietary measures that may help to reduce the risk of certain types of cancers, I will post the results of a Cochrane systematic review on dietary calcium supplementation as well as links to prior blog posts on other dietary foods and supplements.
Calcium Supplements and Colorectal Cancer Risk:
The results of this systematic review suggest that dietary supplementation of 1200 mg of calcium for a period of four years may contribute to a moderate reduction in the risk of colorectal adeonmatous polyps.
“AUTHORS’ CONCLUSIONS: Although the evidence from two RCTs suggests that calcium supplementation might contribute to a moderate degree to the prevention of colorectal adenomatous polyps, this does not constitute sufficient evidence to recommend the general use of calcium supplements to prevent colorectal cancer.”
Foods that may Reduce Cancer Risk:
Vitamins and Minerals that may Reduce the Risk of Cancer:
- Weingarten MA, Zalmanovici A, Yaphe J. Dietary calcium supplementation for preventing colorectal cancer and adenomatous polyps. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2008 Jan 23;(1):CD003548.