High Levels of Total Folate Intake Can Decrease Colorectal Cancer Risk!

According to a recent study conducted by a group of researchers led by Victoria Stevens from the American Cancer Society, high levels of total folate intake which includes folic acid from fortified foods, folate in foods and folate in the form of dietary supplements can reduce the risk of colorectal cancer in people.

Folates are required for normal cell growth and functioning, and DNA synthesis and repair.

The association between folate consumption and colorectal cancer was investigated in 99,523 participants by the team members.

Between 1999 and 2007, 1023 participants were diagnosed with colorectal cancer.

The results indicated reduced risk of colorectal cancer incidence among people. Moreover, it also addressed the concern of increased cancer risk in people due to fortification of foods. Even for the highest levels of folate intake, no higher risk of colorectal cancer was seen clearly suggesting that high levels of folate consumption by a large number of Americans cannot lead to increased cancer incidence.

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