According to new research, enriching one’s diet in folate—also known as folic acid or vitamin B9—may reduce the odds of developing colorectal cancer in women.
The results were reported by a Reuters article which said a team of researchers from South Korea discovered that females who ate the most folate lowered their risk of getting the disease by about two-thirds, compared with those who consumed smaller amounts of the vitamin.
However, they did not find the same correlation when it came to men’s intake of folic acid.
The researchers stress the significance of the results which suggest that a simple dietary modification may help cut the risk of the disease that was diagnosed in more than 140,000 Americans in 2005.
Folate is known to support red blood cell production and help prevent anemia and homocysteine build-up in the blood. It’s also important for proper neurological function and is believed to prevent osteoporosis-related bone fractures and some forms of dementia, according to WHfoods.com.
In additional to nutritional supplements, folic acid can also be found in romaine lettuce, spinach, asparagus, calf’s liver, parsley, broccoli, cauliflower, beets and lentils.