Sunday, November 1, 2009
Folate and Colon Cancer
(pictured: organic purple broccoli from the market this morning)
I am a little behind in my food and nutrition reading so I didn’t see this abstract of an article from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition until today. According to a recent study colon cancer survivors that eat a diet high in folate have a 39% risk reduction of the cancer recurring. The same thing was not found of those that took folic acid supplements. Folic acid supplements may be linked to an increased risk of colon cancer. I thought you might want to know which foods are high in folate, because I knew I did.
Foods that are naturally high in folate include:
Red kidney beans
Lima beans, dry and cooked
Prior studies have shown that women with low levels of folate are more likely to develop cervical cancer. A low level of folate is also associated with an increased risk of lung cancer.
I don’t know about you but since folate seems to protect people against colon, cervical and lung cancer I don’t think it is a stretch to think it protects us against other forms of cancer. This makes me happy to know we eat the foods that are high in folate everyday.