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November 2002 Issue

Folate May Fend Off Colorectal Cancer

New findings suggest the B vitamin folate—emerging as an anticancer nutrient—may reduce the risk of rectal cancer in men and colon cancer in both men and women. Dutch researchers compared the dietary intakes and supplement use of 3,500 middle-aged men and women over a seven-year period. Those with the highest daily intake of folate—more than 266 micrograms (men) and more than 243 micrograms (women)—were about one-third less likely to develop colon cancer compared

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