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Folate Important For Breast Health

Recent research has reported that folic acid enhances breast health. Previous research has suggested that folate, vitamin B12, vitamin B6, niacin, riboflavin and methionine intake may play a role in breast health.

The subjects in the study were women enrolled in the Shanghai Women’s Health Study, including 718 women with breast health concerns. The women were evaluated for dietary intake of B vitamins, menopausal status, and the presence of risk factors associated with abnormal cell growth.

The results of the study showed that in premenopausal women, increased folate intake was associated with a decrease in the risk of suboptimal breast health. In fact, the women with the highest intake of folate had a 40 percent decrease in the risk of suboptimal breast health compared to the women with the lowest folate intake. The study did not find an association between B vitamins or methionine intake and suboptimal breast health in postmenopausal women.

The authors concluded that this study supports the hypothesis that high folate intake may support optimal breast health, and this association may depend on menopausal status and estrogen or progesterone receptor status.

This article was published on Friday October 07, 2011.
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Shrubsole MJ, Shu XO, Li HL, Cai H, Yang G, Gao YT, Gao J, Zheng W. Dietary B Vitamin and Methionine Intakes and Breast Cancer Risk Among Chinese Women. Am J Epidemiol. 2011 Mar 29. Published Online Ahead of Print.