Consuming Folic Acid During Pregnancy May Protect Infants From Colon Cancer

Associate Professor Dr. Young-in Kim and his team at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto have discovered that the offspring of rats which were fed folic acid supplements during pregnancy and while breast-feeding, have significantly lower rates of colon cancer compared to other rats which were not given the supplements.  The findings suggest that consuming folic acid during pregnancy and lactation reduces DNA damage and suppresses the proliferation of cells in the colon. Dr Kim said: “It actually increases the stability of the DNA and this might be one of the mechanisms of how folic acid in utero may protect against colon cancer.” The details of this study are published in Gut, an international journal on gastroenterology. Women are, therefore,  advised to take folic acid supplements before becoming pregnant and while pregnant.

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