Studies find food fortified with folic acid do reduce some childhood cancers

Recent studies do indicate that foods that are rich in folic acid or fortified with folic acid may reduce the incidences of some types of brain tumors and most common types of kidney cancer in children. Foods rich in folic acid may help in reducing the occurrence of Wilms’
and primitive neuroectodermal tumors or PNET in children.

Folic Acid or folate or Vitamin-B9 is usually found in beans, grains, green vegetables and fortified breakfast cereals. Folic acid helps the body in maintaining and building DNA thereby helping the body in building new red blood cells or RBC’s. Deficiency of folic acid in the blood is linked with the occurrence of colorectal cancer, certain birth defects and other types of cancer.

This new study was carried out by the Kimberly J. Johnson – Assistant Professor at Washington University in St. Louis and Amy Linabery – Post Doctoral Fellow at the University of Minnesota. The study was based after examining the information from the nine registries in the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) data base program that was established by the National Cancer Institute and the database used by the researchers is from 1986 to 2008.


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