Take measures to improve health by eating wisely. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables and lean meats is one of the best ways to increase intake of Vitamin B6 naturally. This is important because recent research shows that the vitamin decreases risk of colon cancer but other research shows that many people do not get enough of the important vitamin.
Recent medical research studies have recently shown that Vitamin B6 helps to prevent colon cancer. Other studies have shown that many people do not get enough Vitamin B6. People could decrease their chances of getting the dreaded disease by getting Vitamin B6 in their diet or through supplementation.
Research Shows Vitamin B6 Decreases Colon Cancer Risk
Orthomolecular Medicine New Service reported in October, 2008, that a study of nearly 5,000 people showed that consuming more vitamin B6 decreases risk of colon cancer, in research that is described as ‘moderately strong.’
A nutrient with a ‘moderately strong’ rating is significant. Colon cancer is diagnosed in nearly 150,000 Americans every year. Nearly 55,000 Americans die of the disease annually.
Many People Deficient in Vitamin B6
Vitamin B6 can be obtained by dietary sources and through vitamin supplement, but many people do not get enough of the important vitamin. A study published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published a study of nearly 8,000 people in May, 2008, that showed that vitamin B6 deficiency is common throughout the United States.
People do not get enough Vitamin B6 because the modern diet of processed food contain little of this vitamin and some people do not take enough supplements. There has been disagreement by experts about the recommended dosage of B6, causing some people to hesitate to take the vitamin. The question is ho much is enough?
The National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine’s Food and Nutrition Board raised their ‘Safe Upper Limit’ from 10 mg to 100 mg. Some experts claim that even this number is not high enough.
Good Sources of Vitamin B6
According to the Mayo Clinic website, Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) is required for synthesis or the neurotransmitters serotonin and norepinephrine. Pyridoxine deficiency in adults affects the peripheral nerves, mucous membranes, skin and blood cell system.
Major food sources of Vitamin B6 include whole grains, cereals, legumes, potatoes, vegetables, milk, cheese, eggs, meat, liver, fish and flour. Pyridoxine is frequently available in combination with other B vitamins in Vitamin B complex formulas.
While the experts debate about recommended levels of the vitamin, there is nothing to stop consumers from eating a more healthy diet, increasing their intake of Vitamin B6 along with other healthy nutrients. Following are foods rich in Vitamin B6 from the LInus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University.
Fortified Cereal (one cup) : 0.5 0 2.5 mg.
Banana (one medium) 0.43 mg.
Wild Salmon Cooked (three oz.) 0.48 mg.
Turkey, without skin, cooked (three oz): 0.39 mg.
Chicken, light meat, without skin, cooked (three oz.) 0.51 mg.
Potato, Russet baked with skin (one medium): 0.70 mg.
Spinach, cooked (one cup): 0.44 mg.
Hazelnuts, dry roasted (one oz) 0.18 mg.
Vegetable juice cocktail ( six oz.) 0.26 mg.
Vitamin B6 is important for cell function and nerves. Now it appears it can be an important preventative step in colon cancer prevention. There are many reasons to eat wisely by eating whole grains, lean meats, fruits and vegetables. These dietary recommendations continue to be valid, especially with the new information about the importance of Vitamin B6.
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