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Researchers have gained new insight into why 22% of Canadian women of childbearing age are still not achieving a folate concentration considered optimal for reducing the risk of having babies with neural tube defects, despite a virtual absence of folate deficiency in the general Canadian population.
Intake of high levels of folate may reduce colorectal cancer risk, according to a new study in Gastroenterology, the official journal of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Institute.
Folic acid can reduce birth defects including neural tube defects, congenital heart disease and oral clefts but some speculate high intakes of folic acid may be associated with adverse events such as colorectal cancer.
Use of folic acid supplements appears to lower blood levels of the amino acid homocysteineâ€”theorized to be a risk factor for heart and blood vessel diseaseâ€”but does not appear to be associated with reduced rates of cardiovascular events, cancer or death over a five-year period.
Eating more foods containing the B-vitamins folate and B-6 lowers the risk of death from stroke and heart disease for women and may reduce the risk of heart failure in men.
Patients with heart disease in Norway, a country with no fortification of foods with folic acid, had an associated increased risk of cancer and death from any cause if they had received treatment with folic acid and vitamin B12.
Women who take folic acid supplements for at least one year before they become pregnant may cut their risk of having a premature baby by half, according to research published this week in the online journal, PLoS Medicine.
Folate reduces the risk of cancer and birth defects, but it may also enhance the development of pre-cancerous and cancerous tumors, U.S. researchers said. Omar Dary of the Academy for Educational Development, a non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, and Dr.
Italian researchers report "encouraging" results from a study in which folic acid supplements were given as a treatment for laryngeal leucoplakia, which may progress to cancer.
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Increased levels of dietary folate from food, but not from supplements, appears to reduce the risk of developing pancreatic cancer, according to results of a large population-based study of Swedish men and women.
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