A new study supported by the National Institutes of Health says that increased intake of folate may help protect women, but not men, from the risk of developing pancreatic cancer.
Researchers led by Brietta Oaks from the University of California, Davis conducted a study on 51,988 men and 57,187 women aged between 55 and 74 years. They found that women who consumed 253.3 micrograms of folate per day had a 50% reduced risk of pancreatic cancer as compared with women who consumed 179.1 micrograms of folate per day.
While the study reinforces earlier findings on the anti-cancer effects of folate, the researchers did not find any evidence to link folic acid supplements to cancer protection.
The details are published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.