In fact, Japanese researchers recruited 458 men and women. Some of the volunteers had colorectal adenomas and some did not. These kinds of tumors in the colon and rectum are benign, but they can turn cancerous.
The researchers then took samples of the volunteers’ blood to check for folate. Folate is part of the vitamin B family.
Most people get folate by taking folic acid or by eating foods enriched with folic acid. Folic acid is the synthetic form of folate. It turns into a form of folate when it crosses your intestinal wall. It then enters your blood stream.
Low folate levels raise your risk of developing a tumor
The researchers found that men with folate levels below 8.0 ng/ml were 50 percent more likely to develop a tumor.
Women with levels below that were 23 percent more likely to develop one.
On the other hand, volunteers with levels above 8.0 ng/ml did not raise their risk at all.
There has been a lot in the press lately about too much folic acid causing colon cancer. But hopefully, this study will help put that argument to rest.
Zero link found between folic acid and colon cancer
Plus the American Cancer Society recently wrapped up a huge study on this. The study involved 100,000 men and women. And they found zero connection between increased folic acid intake and colon cancer.
On the contrary, it appears that by keeping your blood filled with plenty of vitamin B, you decrease your risk of developing a benign colon tumor. Given time, even these tumors can turn cancerous.
Plus, as any nutritionist will tell you. Vitamin B is a water-soluble vitamin. That means that your body will wash away any excess amounts that it can’t use.
So keep up the vitamin B. Take a B-complex that includes all eight members of the vitamin family.
Dr. Allan Spreen
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