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Breast Cancer Folate: High Folate in Food Intake Reduces Breast Cancer Risks

By Keith D. Bishop, Clinical Nutritionist, B.Sc. Pharmacy - October 24, 2009

  • Very high dietary folate intake is protective against breast cancer. 

Breast Cancer Folate PreventionA 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. 2009;89(2):624-33

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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 in food.

Folate deficiencies are common. Symptoms of folate deficiency include depression, headache, fatigue, hair loss, insomnia, birth defects, cervical dysplasia, and elevated homocysteine.

Low levels of folate increase the risk of cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, alcoholism, atherosclerosis, birth defects, cervical dysplasia, cognitive enhancement, depression, gingivitis.

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 cancer.

Click here to read more Breast Cancer Alternative Treatment Research Reports.

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 Cancer Treatment Appointments.

Keith D. Bishop, is the publisher of, and owner of Natural Care Solution


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