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Study: B6, Methionine and Folate Combo Slashes Lung Cancer Risk by Two-Thirds
by Tony Isaacs
Best Years in Life) A
study published in the
Journal of the American Medical
Association (JAMA) found
convincing evidence that is good
news for lung cancer prevention: the
combination of Vitamin B6, methionine and folate reduces the
chances of lung cancer by a whopping
In the study, Paul Brennan,
Ph.D., of the International Agency
for Research on Cancer, Lyon,
France, and colleagues investigated
385,747 research subjects from 10
European countries. The researchers
documented B vitamins and methionine
levels based on serum samples from
the European Prospective
Investigation into Cancer and
Nutrition (EPIC) cohort study
conducted from 1992 to 2000. Then
they compared the levels of 899
individuals who had been diagnosed
with cancer by 2006 with those of
1,770 control participants.
The scientists wrote that "Our results suggest that above-median serum measures of both B6 and methionine, assessed on average five years prior to disease onset, are associated with a reduction of at least 50 percent on the risk of developing lung cancer. An additional association for serum levels of folate was present, that when combined with B6 and methionine, was associated with a two-thirds lower risk of lung cancer."
The researchers believe that the key to such dramatic lung cancer risk reduction may be found in previous research which linked B vitamin deficiencies to DNA damage and subsequent gene mutations. "Given their involvement in maintaining DNA integrity and gene expression, these nutrients have a potentially important role in inhibiting cancer development, and offer the possibility of modifying cancer risk through dietary changes," the authors concluded. They also pointed out that deficiencies in B vitamins are high in many western populations.
Vitamin B6 is one of the busiest and most important vitamins and is involved in no less than 100 different chemical reactions in your body per minute. Excellent sources of vitamin B6 include spinach, bell peppers, and turnip greens. Very good food sources of vitamin B6 include garlic, tuna, cauliflower, mustard greens, banana, celery, cabbage, crimini mushrooms, asparagus, broccoli, kale, collard greens, Brussels sprouts, cod and chard.
Methionine is an essential amino acid. This means that it must be obtained through the diet in adequate quantities to meet the body's needs. Food sources of methionine include meat, poultry, fish, cottage cheese, peanuts beans, eggs, garlic, lentils, onions, yogurt and sesame seeds.
Folate plays an essential role in human growth and development, in particular cell division and DNA synthesis.a B vitamin. Natural folates and folic acid are found in a wide variety of foods, including dark green leafy vegetables (spinach, kale, mustard greens, turnip greens, escarole, chard, arugula, beet greens, bok choy, dandelion green, radicchio, black-eyed peas, lentils, okra, kidney beans, great northern beans, broccoli, lettuce, beets, lima beans, sunflower seeds, Brussels sprouts, corn, asparagus, green peas, cabbage, avocados, peanuts, tomato juice, orange juice, strawberries, eggs and bananas.
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Tony Isaacs is a member of the National Health Federation and the American Botanical Council. He is a natural health advocate and researcher and the author of books and articles about natural health including "Cancer's Natural Enemy." Mr. Isaacs articles are featured at The Truth About Cancer, the Health Science Institute's Healthiertalk website, CureZone, the Crusador, Health Secrets, the Cancer Tutor, the Silver Bulletin, the New Zealand Journal of Natural Health, and several other venues. In addition, he hosts the Yahoo Oleandersoup Health group of over 3500 members and the CureZone Ask Tony Isaacs - Featuring Luella May forum. He is also the local moderator of the CureZone Cancer Alternatives forum. Tony and his partner Luella May host The Best Years in Life natural health website where their motto is "It's never too late or too early to begin living longer, healthier and happier lives."See more natural health articles Here.
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