Vitamin B6 And Cancer Risk

An increased intake of vitamin B6 from the diet and from supplements may reduce the risk of colorectal cancer. Almost 5,000 people took part in a study that reported a dose-dependent link between intake of the vitamin (pyridoxine) and the risk of colorectal cancer.

The study, by researchers from the University of Edinburgh, adds to the body of science supporting the potential benefits of higher intakes of the B vitamins. Only about five per cent of colorectal adenomas are thought to become malignant, and this process could take between five and 10 years. In this study, high vitamin B6 intakes were reported to reduce the risk of colorectal cancer by 19 percent. The protective effect was higher in individuals 55 years and older.

(Source: Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, and Prevention, 2008; 17:171-182.)

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