Vitamin B6 may help prevent colorectal cancer in women

A dietary component is poised to join a list of strategies that help lower our risk for this largely preventable cancer.

Women with higher intakes of vitamin B6, whether from food or vitamin supplements, may be less likely to develop cancer of the colon or rectum, according to a study from Harvard Medical School. Further tests are needed to confirm the result, but the findings are promising. For one thing, other public health studies have found a similar association between vitamin B6 and colorectal cancer. And laboratory research has shown that high levels of vitamin B6 can suppress cancer in human and animal cells.

If vitamin B6 intake pans out as a preventive strategy, it will be a welcome addition to the many measures we can already take to reduce our chances of developing colorectal cancer.

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