Calcium and Vitamin D Reduce the Risk for Breast and Colon Cancer

By: Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist
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A New Zealand study of 36,282 postmenopausal women who took 1,000 mg of calcium and 400 IU of vitamin D per day reduced the risk of invasive breast cancer by 20 percent and the risk of colon cancer by 17 percent.

Women often take these nutrients as part of a bone support program. And while the dose of 400 IU of vitamin D in this study is minimal, it still made a significant difference to breast cancer risk. I’m sure the results would have been even better had the women optimized their vitamin D intake.

At any rate, isn’t it nice that basic nutrients can be so important for multiple health topics?

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