Dark chocolate and magnesium: in help against pancreatic cancer

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Foods rich in magnesium, such as dark chocolate, help reduce the risk of pancreatic cancer. Researchers at Indiana University have shown that taking magnesium can be helpful for prevention.

Foods rich in magnesium, as the dark chocolate, help reduce the risk of pancreatic cancer. Indiana University researchers have found that taking magnesium can be beneficial for prevention.





The study in question was recently published in the British Journal of Cancer. According to Indiana University researchers, pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in men and women living in the United States.

From 2002 to 2011, the death rate from pancreatic cancer increased year after year according to the National Cancer Institute. "Pancreatic cancer is different from any other type of cancer" - explained study co-author Ka Lui, chair of the Epidemiology Department of the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington - "The five-year survival rate is really low and this makes the prevention and identification of risk factors or predictors associated with pancreatic cancer very important ”.

Few studies to date have explored the direct association between intake of magnesium and reduced risk of pancreatic cancer. Experts have now analyzed data from over 66 men and women between the ages of 50 and 76 and evaluated the direct association between magnesium and pancreatic cancer, age, sex, body mass index, drug use. non-steroidal anti-inflammatories and magnesium supplements.

The study found that every 100 mg per day reduction in magnesium intake was associated with a 24% increased risk of pancreatic cancer.

Experts have pointed out that those at risk of pancreatic cancer should take magnesium supplements as they may help prevent. In their opinion, more studies are needed to investigate the subject, but the population should already enrich their diets with foods that contain magnesium, such as nuts and green leafy vegetables.


Among the foods rich in magnesium we also find cocoa, dark chocolate, bananas, spinach, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, legumes, avocado, dried figs and almonds. Here are the 10 main sources of magnesium.



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