Increasing intakes of magnesium to at least 327 mg per day may reduce men’s risk of colon cancer by 52 percent, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Nutrition.
Of the 87,117 people that the study followed for eight years, 689 men and 440 women were diagnosed with colon cancer after the eight years. Men had an average intake of 284 mg magnesium and women took 279 mg magnesium per day. Upping magnesium intake decreased the risk of colon cancer for men, while women’s risk remained the same.
Researchers say additional studies must be conducted before the findings are confirmed.
Regardless, past research has shown magnesium has other benefits.
How can you get more magnesium? Dietary sources include green vegetables, nuts, peas and beans, soy products and whole grains. Considering obtaining more magnesium through supplements? Consider these tips.