Saturday, November 11, 2006

Study Reveals Low Folate Diets Increase Risk of Colorectal Cancer

Nov 9,2006-The MUHC study is the first to demonstrate directly that diets low in folate cause colorectal cancer, and follows on the heels of earlier research by the same team that revealed how high folate diets can protect against heart disease. For the whole story click here

Folate helps with tissue growth and cell function. It works alongside vitamin B12 and vitamin C to help the body digest and use proteins, and is necessary for the production of red blood cells.
Find out more about folic acid click here.

Folic acid has to do with DNA replication and thus is a mechanism that is manipulated by the drug Methotrexate, used to treat some cancers and to control some autoimmune diseases. Folic acid is also very important in pregnancy to prevent neural tube defects aka spina abifida. Approximately 10% of the population does not absorb folic acid well and this can be a risk for pregancy related problems and heart disease. For more information on folic acid folic acid absorption problems click here.