Commonly taken as dietary supplements to support joint health, glucosamine and chondroitin each exert anti-inflammatory effects. E. D. Kantor, from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Washington, USA), and colleagues examined data collected on 75,137 subjects, ages 50 to 76 years, enrolled in the VITamins And Lifestyle (VITAL) study. The researchers found that subjects who consumed glucosamine/chondroitin for four more days a week were 45% less likely to develop colorectal cancer, as compared to people who did not take these supplements. The study authors submit that: glucosamine and chondroitin may merit further attention as a potential chemopreventive agent.”
E. D. Kantor, J. W. Lampe, U. Peters, D. D. Shen, T. L. Vaughan. "Use of glucosamine and chondroitin supplements and risk of colorectal cancer.” Cancer Causes & Control, June 2013, Volume 24, Issue 6, pp 1137-1146.
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Tip #182 - Think Zinc
Harvard School of Public Health (Massachusetts, USA) researchers investigated the intake of zinc in relation to risk of type-2 diabetes in American women. The team assessed data collected on participants in the Nurses’ Health Study, comprised of 82,297 women, ages 33 to 60 years at the study’s start. The researchers found that those women with the highest average daily intake of zinc were 10% less likely to develop type-2 diabetes. Further, those women with the highest average total intakes slashed their risk by 8%. Perhaps most importantly, the researchers showed that an increased intake of zinc was associated with a 28% reduction in type-2 diabetes.
Zinc is a plentiful trace element in the body, and it mediates many physiological functions. The US guidelines recommend that women ages 19-50 years consume 8 mg of zinc daily; men ages 19-50 years, 11 mg. Shiitake and crimini mushrooms, spinach, and pumpkin seeds are foods rich in zinc.