Vitamin B6 and Lung Cancer


There has been much controversy lately over whether or not to supplement with B vitamins.  Do they help with heart disease?  Stroke?  Colon cancer?  The answers are not always clear.  In this particular study, researchers found that rates of lung cancer for those with the highest blood levels of B6 and methionine (a B vitamin found in nuts, seeds, whole grains) had drastically lower rates of lung cancer.  Due to the potential increase in the rates of colon cancer, some are recommending we do not supplement with B vitamins.  This recommendation may come with a cost.  To add some clarity to the argument, here are some things we DO know.  Fortification of processed grains throws additional folic acid into the mix, so, more processed grains = higher levels of folic acid.  Avoid processed grains and this will be less of an issue.  Second, a good quality diet provides a broad source of the related B vitamins to prevent “kinks” in metabolism.  Third, there is NO doubt that genetic uniquenesses play a pretty major role in this process, specifically the MHTFR and MTRR.  Knowing these gives you a much greater ability to decide if supplementation is right for you.  There are companies that can cheaply and easily check this aspect of your genetics.

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James Bogash

For more than a decade, Dr. Bogash has stayed current with the medical literature as it relates to physiology, disease prevention and disease management. He uses his knowledge to educate patients, the community and cyberspace on the best way to avoid and / or manage chronic diseases using lifestyle and targeted supplementation.