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Does folic acid help against cancer?

Does folic acid help against cancer?

Folic acid is vitamin B9 found in vegetables, beans, fruits, and whole grains that help in cell metabolism and is important for the development of blood cells. Scientific studies have shown a connection between lower levels of Folic Acid and colorectal cancer and possibly cancers of the breast, lung, and stomach; however, the amount needed to lower this risk is unknown. The recommended daily allowance of Folic Acid is 400 micrograms per day, which can be obtained from supplements or a diet rich in dark green leafy vegetables, citrus fruits, and fortified grain-based cereals. If taken in extremely high doses, Folic Acid can be associated with nausea, flatuelence, decreased appetite, and increased seizure activity in persons with a seizure disorder. In addition, high doses of folate can interfere with the effectiveness of certain chemotherapy drugs like methotrexate.

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