Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Folic Acid…A Cocktail-Loving Girl’s Best Friend

Women who enjoy a cocktail - and also consume high volumes of folic acid found in vitamin B - are less likely to suffer from mouth cancer, according to a Columbia Medical University study that recorded the diets of 87,000 nurses over three decades.

Women in the study who drank a high volume of alcohol and had a low folic acid intake were 3 times more likely to develop mouth cancer than women who also drank high volumes of alcohol but consumed large amounts of folic acid in their diet.

Alcohol consumption is one of the major risks for mouth cancer, and those who drink to excess are 4 times more likely to be diagnosed with the disease.  This study marks the first time that folic acid intake has been shown to affect the risk of the disease.

Folic acid, or vitamin B9, is essential to a woman’s health by helping to make and maintain new cells.  Folic acid is found in vegetables and is often added to bread products.

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