Can Calcium Help Prevent Cancer?

Can Calcium Help Prevent Cancer?

Q: I’m surprised that calcium is not on your list of recommended nutrients for cancer prevention. What does the research say about calcium’s effect on cancer?

A: There are solid evidences which shows that eating foods rich in calcium like low-fat dairy products, can help prevent colon cancer. Scientist also found out that taking in too much calcium that is more than 1,500 mg daily can increase the risk for prostate cancer. For men, I recommend consuming only two or three servings of dairy and other foods rich in calcium and to not necessarily take in calcium supplements unless prescribed by a physician. For women, I recommend taking 1,000 – 1,200 mg of daily calcium preferably from food to help keep the bones strong and healthy which may also help prevent colon cancer.

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