Magazine article Nutrition Action Healthletter

Folate & Breast Cancer

Magazine article Nutrition Action Healthletter

Folate & Breast Cancer

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Women who consume more folate, a B vitamin, may have a higher risk of breast cancer.

Researchers analyzed blood samples taken from more than 1,700 U.S. women when they entered the Women's Health Study in 1993. Ten years later, those with the highest blood folate levels had about a 70 percent higher risk of breast tumors that respond to estrogen or progesterone than those with the lowest folate levels. However, the trend wasn't clear cut-that is, each increase in blood levels wasn't linked to an increase in risk.

What to do: Until more studies are done, play it safe. If you take a multivitamin:

* Watch your cereals. Stay away from breakfast cereals, energy bars, and other foods that are fortified with 100 percent of the Daily Value for folic acid--400 micrograms. (Folic acid is the form of folate that's added to supplements and fortified foods.) That includes All-Bran Buds, Kashi Heart to Heart, Multigrain Cheerios, Product 19, Total, and Special K. …

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