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B-Vitamins Bring Down
Breast Cancer Risk
Vitamin B-12, folic acid and Vitamin B-6 supplementation may help reduce chances of developing breast cancer. Vitamin B-12 supplementation appears to have reduced the risk about 54% in pre-menopausal women.
Alcohol is a major risk factor for developing breast cancer. The Harvard Nutrition Group found higher blood levels of folic acid were associated with a whopping, 89% reduction in the risk of breast cancer for women who had one or more drinks a day.
Folic acid reduced the risk of breast cancer in both pre-menopausal and post-menopausal women by 35% and 25 %, respectively. Vitamin B-6 reduced the risk by about 25%.
The reduction of homocysteine was not linked to these benefits. Since Vitamin B-12, Vitamin B-6, and folic acid reduce homocysteine levels, some other process must be responsible for this particular finding. Vitamin B-12 also plays a role in reducing methylmalonic acid, which is elevated during Vitamin B-12 deficiency. It is also being investigated in relation to breast cancer and other health problems.
The risk of breast cancer has been linked to the presence of three genes: the ataxia telangiectasia, BRCA1, and BRCA2 genes. If a woman has the ataxia telangiectasia gene, she has an increased risk of developing breast cancer. The gene occurs in one to three percent of the population.
Children born with two ataxia telangiectasia genes (one from each parent) develop a number of health problems, including immunodeficiency (IgA and cellular defects), neurological problems, and an increased risk of developing cancer. They are also highly vulnerable to the DNA dam-aging effects of X-rays. Vitamins play an important role in DNA repair.
Everyone concerned with breast cancer should know about Vitamin B-12, Vitamin B-6, and folic acid.
The coenzyme form of Vitamin B-12, methylcobalamin, works with 5-methyltetrahydrofolate to change the toxic amino acid, homocysteine, into the beneficial amino acid, methionine. Methylcobalamin is the most common form of Vitamin B-12 found in the blood. Another organic form of Vitamin B-12 (adenosylcobalamin) is found in the mitochondria (the cell's energy factories). It helps eliminate methylmalonic acid within the mitochondria.
Vegetarians, or people who eat very little meat, run the risk of developing Vitamin B-12 deficiency. Many vegetarians also have elevated homocysteine levels.
Coenzyme and stabilized vitamins are more easily and certain to be absorbed. Calcium folinate and folinic acid are examples of stabilized folates. Dietary folates and folic acid found in most supplements will degrade when exposed to light, air, or stomach acid.
Digestive problems are commonplace and can prevent your body from absorbing vitamins from food. If you drink alcohol, take certain medications, or have an infection, you may not be able to absorb the necessary amounts of vitamins.
Many women take TOO much pyridoxine, non-coenzyme form of Vitamin B-6. The average daily intake is 120 mg., and above 200 mg. a day, people run a high risk of developing liver and peripheral nerve damage. These problems can slowly develop even at 120 mg a day, especially in smaller women, who are getting more Vitamin B-6 per pound than larger women. Liver health also varies among people. Hepatitis and other liver diseases, or taking certain medications may cause problems metabolizing Vitamin B-6.
The coenzyme form of Vitamin B-6 (pyridoxol-5-phosphate) is safer and easier to absorb than pyridoxine.
We know about many risk factors associated with breast cancer, but no one can predict who will develop it. Even if someone has a breast cancer associated gene, it doesn't necessarily mean they will develop breast cancer.*
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