When supplementing with calcium, magnesium supplements should be taken as well.
A new Vanderbilt University study in the US underlines just how important the calcium/magnesium combo is.
The Vanderbilt team reviewed dietary data collected during the Calcium Polyp Prevention Study. For four years, 930 subjects with colorectal polyps took a 1,000 mg calcium supplement daily or a placebo. Colonoscopy exams showed that subjects in the calcium group generally had fewer polyps compared to the placebo group. Calcium also significantly lowered the risk of advanced polyps.
Scrutinizing the dietary data along with the original results, researchers found that calcium reduced the risk of colorectal polyp recurrence only when the ratio of calcium to magnesium intake was low, before and during treatment.
Even though the best calcium- to-magnesium ratio is said to be 2:1, everyone is unique: “Biochemical individuality means it could vary quite a bit for different people. This one’s not black and white, to me.”
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Add to that, most of us would be hard pressed to figure out our exact intake of any individual nutrient on a daily basis. And figuring out actual absorption of nutrients would be even harder.
Facts taken from the HSI Newsletter