Research News

January 2009 Issue

B Vitamins May Help Protect Older Women Against Breast Cancer and More

The B vitamins folic acid, B6 and B12 are increasingly being looked at for their potential health benefits. Now, new findings from a large study of women have killed the buzz with overall disappointing results, but the news was actually encouraging for older women. These latest findings come from the Women’s Antioxidant and Folic Acid Cardiovascular Study. In the study, more than 5,000 women over the age of 42 took supplemental B vitamins (2,500 micrograms of folic acid, 50 milligrams of vitamin B6 and 1 milligram of vitamin B12) in hopes of reducing cancer risk. But after seven years, those taking the supplements were no less likely to develop cancer than those who took placebos.

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