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on folic acid which found protection against development of cancer.

Dr. Shao noted he supported the researchers' call for further research to determine the validity and potential reasons behind their findings, but emphasized that the findings involved a relatively small number of diseased subjects, limiting the generalizability of the results to the generally healthy population. "Consumers can still feel they are doing something good by supplementing or fortifying with folic acid," he noted.

The trial used 1,000 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid per day which is the tolerable upper intake level (UL), but not the recommended intake. Most multivitamins contain between 200 and 400 mcg per serving, for consumption on a daily basis. Combined with food fortification, which is estimated to provide up to 120 mcg per day of folic acid, the American population is still consuming well below the UL for folic acid.

CRN noted the study authors indicated their findings were "equivocal" and that even the accompanying editorial stated, "the question of folate in cancer prevention is not resolved."

"This study is an interesting addition to the current scientific literature, and more research should be done. In the meantime, consumers should not deprive themselves of the known benefits of folic acid."

CRN reminds anyone who has colon cancer (or any other cancer) or is at high risk for the disease, to consult a healthcare professional to determine the best course of action.


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