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Joint Health Supplements May Guard Against Colorectal Cancer

Posted on June 27, 2013, 6 a.m. in Cancer Dietary Supplementation GI-Digestive Musculoskeletal

Glucosamine and chondroitin may help to lower a person's risk of colorectal cancer.

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.”

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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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