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Breast Cancer Folate: High Folate in Food Intake Reduces Breast Cancer
By Keith D. Bishop, Clinical Nutritionist, B.Sc. Pharmacy - October 24, 2009
Very high dietary folate intake is protective against breast cancer.
A group of 35,023 women aged 50 to 76 years of age participated in
the Vitamins and Lifestyle (VITAL) study. Between the years of 2000 and 2006 743 women were diagnosed with
invasive breast cancer. The women who consumed the
highest amount of dietary folate over a 10-year period had a 22 percent decrease in breast cancer compared the
women with low dietary folate intake.
The breast cancer prevention effect of very high folate intake
was even more pronounced when researchers focused on estrogen receptor negative ( ER- ) tumors.
This research appears to indicate that high intake of folate may
be protective against breast cancer, especially ER- tumors.
Reference Source: Maruti SS, Ulrich CM, White E. Folate and
one-carbon metabolism nutrients from supplements and diet in relation to breast cancer risk. Am J Clin Nutr.
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Folate is a water soluble B vitamin found in beans, leafy green
vegetables, citrus fruits, beets, wheat germ, and meat. Food processing, cooking, light and oxygen destroy folate
Folate deficiencies are common. Symptoms of folate deficiency
include depression, headache, fatigue, hair loss, insomnia, birth defects, cervical dysplasia, and elevated
Low levels of folate increase the risk of cancer, Alzheimer’s
disease, alcoholism, atherosclerosis, birth defects, cervical dysplasia, cognitive enhancement, depression,
Synthetic folic acid in supplements and enriched food appears to
be stronger than dietary folate. Synthetic folic acid may increase the risk of colon cancer and colorectal
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