Vitamin B6 cuts colon cancer risk in women

June 15, 2005 in Cancer Prevention, Nutrition Topics in the News, Vitamins, Minerals, Supplements

Vitamin B6 cuts colon cancer risk in women

A 15-year study has found that women with high levels of vitamin B6 in their diet have a 34 percent lower risk of developing colorectal cancer than women with low levels of the vitamin in their diet.

Researchers from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm analyzed data from over 61, 000 women in the population-based Swedish Mammography Cohort. Participants were between 40 and 76 years of age and all cancer-free when they enrolled. During follow-up, over 800 women were diagnosed with colorectal cancer. After taking into account age and other factors, researchers found that the greater the long-term dietary intake of vitamin B6, the lower the risk of colorectal cancer.

This effect was even more pronounced among women who consumed two or more alcoholic drinks per week. Among these women, the difference in colon cancer risk between the highest and lowest intakes of vitamin B6 was 72 percent.

Foods rich in vitamin B6 include beans, legumes, meat, poultry, fish and whole grains.

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