This is however not the only research to look into the relationship between zinc and esophageal cancer as other previous research has shown that zinc can protect the esophagus from cancer, as well as being essential for maintaining human health overall.
The new study led by Zui Pan, an associate professor of nursing at the University of Texas at Arlington and a noted esophageal cancer researcher, set out to understand more fully why zinc has the ability to prevent cancer in the esophagus by looking at the effect of zinc supplementation on cells.
“Zinc deficiency has been found in many cancer patients,” said Pan, whose study was funded in part by a research grant from the National Institutes of Health – National Cancer Institute. “Both clinical data and animal studies have shown that this mineral is very important for overall body health and for cancer prevention.”
“But previously we didn’t know why the same physiological concentrations of zinc inhibit cancer cell growth but not normal cells. Our study, for the first time to our knowledge, reveals that zinc impedes overactive calcium signals in cancer cells, which is absent in normal cells, and thus zinc selectively inhibits cancer cell growth,” said Pan. “It now appears that zinc and calcium can have a cross talk, meaning that they can be linked.”
So be guided! Improve your zinc intake.
According to the National Cancer Institute, esophageal cancer is the sixth leading cause of human cancer deaths around the world.
The findings was published online in The FASEB Journal, the official journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology.