Folic Acid May Reduce Risk of Colon Cancer
by Wyn Snow, Managing Editor
new study published in the July issue of Gut finds that folic
acid supplementation may reduce the risk of contracting colon cancer.
Researchers from the Institute of Clinical Science at Royal Victoria
Hospital in Belfast state that folic acid appears to reduce abnormal
cell activity in the colon.
the study contained only 11 people, these patients had a history
of recurrent precancerous growths. Researchers divided them into
two groups; one received 2 mg of folic acid per day, the other a
three months, the folic acid group had a significant reduction in
abnormal cell activity. Just as importantly, cellular activity began
to return to original levels when the supplementation ended. The
researchers hypothesize that folic acid repairs cellular damage
in the colon.
folic acid supplementation may help lower the risk of colon cancer
in susceptible individuals. However, the researchers also caution
that folic acid supplements may be harmful for patients with advanced
cancer and people who take drugs for epilepsy, or have vitamin B-12
Warner. "Folic Acid Fights Colon Cancer: Supplements May Help
Those at Risk." WebMD Medical News, 19 July 2002. my.webmd.com/content/article/49/39851.htm.