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Natural Dietary Folate Decreases Colorectal Cancer Risks Synthetic Folic Acid
Increases Colorectal Cancer Risks
Keith D. Bishop, Clinical Nutritionist, B.Sc. Pharmacy - July 9, 2009
Increased intake of natural folate from the diet appears to decrease a woman’s
risk of colorectal cancer by 64 per cent.
The highest intake of natural dietary folate (not synthetic folic acid) in women decreased
the risk of colon cancer by 66 percent and rectal cancer by 70 percent. Men did not appear to benefit from
high intakes of dietary folate.
The study from Korea and published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition did not evaluate dietary
supplementation (vitamin supplements) of folate or folic acid.
The researchers studied 596 men and women with colorectal cancer ( colon cancer and/or rectal cancer ) and compared
their data with 509 people without cancer. All participants in this study were between the age of 30 and
Women with the highest dietary folate intake had a 64 percent reduced risk of colorectal cancer, 66
percent reduced risk of colon cancer and 70 per cent reduced risk of rectal cancer. The men in the study did not
appear to benefit from high intake of dietary folate.
Over 30 medical research studies support the statics that natural Folate reduces the risk of colorectal cancer.
Additional studies do show a concern that synthetic Folic acid supplementation through dietary supplements and food
supplementation may increase the risk of colon cancer.
Folic acid has had some health benefits. The synthetic version of folate does reduce the risk of Spina Bifida
and other Neural Tube Defects (NTD). In 1998 the U.S. and Canada started supplementing grain products, including
bread and cereals, with folic acid. The synthetic folic acid grain supplementation in North America has decreased
the risk of Spina Bifida and other NTD by 15 to 50 per cent.
Adequate folate intake appears to protect against most cancers and most particularly colon cancer and rectal
cancer. If an individual has a pre-cancerous or cancerous tumor and consumes too much folic acid, the additional
amount of folic acid may help the cancer to grow.
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Research is continuing on the risks of folic acid and the benefits of folate.
1. J. Kim, D.H. Kim, B.H. Lee, S.H. Kang, H.J. Lee, S.Y. Lim, Y.K. Sun, Y.O. Ahn, European Journal of Clinical
Nutrition, Published on line doi:10.1038/ejcn.2009.37, Folate intake and the risk of colorectal cancer in a Korean
2. G.M. Lindzon, A. Medline, K.-J. Sohn, F. Depeint, R. Croxford, Y.-I. Kim, "Effect of folic acid supplementation
on the progression of colorectal aberrant crypt foci", Carcinogenesis, June 18, 2009.
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Folic acid is a synthetic supplement found in less expensive vitamins or in products from companies maximizing
their profits. Avoid supplements and processed foods (i.e. cereals and breads) that contain folic acid. Read your
supplement label and take supplements that contain Folate or folinic acid. You may have to read the fine print on
the ingredient list.
Consume a diet high in foods that contain folate. Beans, leafy green vegetables, citrus fruits, beets, wheat
germ, and meat are good sources of folate.
About the Author:
Keith D. Bishop, Clinical Nutritionist, B.Sc. Pharmacy helps his clients
improve their health by using natural products, tests and self care. He writes special reports on
natural product, diet and lifestyle effects on cancer. You may schedule an appointment for
customized natural cancer recommendations by calling 405.919.1982. Click here to learn more about Alternative
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