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Vitamin B6 And Common Amino Acid May Help Prevent Lung Cancer

March 10, 2011 by  

Vitamin B6 and common amino acid may help prevent lung cancerResearch that was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that individuals with higher levels of vitamin B6 and methionine — an amino acid commonly found in meat and other protein sources — are at a lower risk for developing lung cancer than those who are deficient in the nutrients.

A team of scientists examined the health data of about 400,000 participants and found that even in former and current smokers, vitamin B6 and methionine had significant lung health benefits.

"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 researchers wrote.

Authors of the study noted that diets associated with western countries tend to be low in B vitamins. Chicken, turkey, salmon, fortified cereal, bananas, potatoes and spinach all contain about half of a milligram or more per serving of vitamin B6, according to the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that lung cancer is the most common form of the disease in men and women. It estimates that 158,600 Americans die each year from lung cancer.  

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  • AmShegar

    eat gods food and live well

    eat process and fast foods get sick, get over medicate and then die

  • Mike in MI

    This is nice and it’s always good for JAMA to make it appear that they care about healthful stuff. But, it’s purely for appearances sake. You’ll never hear it come up in a seminar or see it suggested in a regimen of care or appear on a licensing test. In other words don’t hold your breath until you see it become part of anything medical experts are going to use.
    There is no such thing as a medical expert in nutrition – well, maybe a very few, very, very few. Third party payers, government and Blue Double Cross send their bills back in empty envelopes. (hether the patient gets healed or not is less than irrelevant So, unless the patients are willing and able to pay cash for the help…well…mos people are willing to settle for second or third rate care – no matter what they say.

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