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Magnesium supplements may ease hot flashes for breast cancer patients

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Related tags: Hot flashes, Breast cancer, Magnesium, Cancer

Daily supplements of magnesium may ease hot flashes in women with breast cancer, suggest data from a pilot phase II trial from Virginia Commonwealth University Health System.

Writing in Supportive Care in Cancer​, scientists report that 400 mg per day of magnesium oxide for 4 weeks was associated with a 41.4 percent reduction in the frequency of hot flashes.

The intensity of the hot flashes was also reduced as a result of magnesium supplementation by about 50 percent.

“Oral magnesium appears to have helped more than half of the patients and was well tolerated,”​ wrote the researchers, led by Thomas Smith.

“Side effects and cost ($0.02/tablet) were minimal. A randomized placebo-controlled trial is planned.”

Source: Supportive Care in Cancer
Volume 19, Number 6, 859-863
“A pilot phase II trial of magnesium supplements to reduce menopausal hot flashes in breast cancer patients”
Authors: H. Park, G.L. Parker, C.H. Boardman, M.M. Morris, T.J. Smith

Related topics: Research, Women's health, Minerals

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