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Zinc and Prostate Cancer10-Aug-2011

In a population study involving 525 men under 80 years of age diagnosed with prostate cancer of which 42% died of prostate cancer and another 49% died of other causes. The study found that the higher the dietary intake of zinc the greater association there was with a reduced risk of prostate cancer-specific mortality by 64%. No association was found between zinc intake and mortality from other causes. The authors conclude that,  ”…..high intake of zinc is associated with lower prostate cancer-specific mortality after diagnosis, particularly inmen with localised disease.”

Greg’s Comments: Zinc is essential for the optimal function of your immune system and is involved in various immune reactions that destroy or inhibit cancer cells. Zinc congregates in the prostate gland and plays a very important role in male reproductive health. It’s essential for the production of testosterone and sperm, and decreases the risk and may alleviate enlarged prostate. I recommend our Pure Innovation Zinc Citrate as it doesn’t need to rely on good levels of stomach acid and adequate digestion to be absorbed into your bloodstream.

Reference: “Dietary zinc and prostate cancer survival in a Swedish cohort,” Epstein MM, Kasperzyk JL, et al, Am J Clin Nutr, 2011 March; 93(3): 586-93. (Address: Departments of Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA. E-mail: mameyer@hsph.harvard.edu).