Researchers find link between high doses of vitamin B and lung cancer risk

Researchers find link between high doses of vitamin B and lung cancer risk

Vitamin B provides protection against diseases but it is a “double-edged sword” as taking this vitamin in high doses may increase risk of lung cancer, according to a new study. Various researches have proved the health benefits of Vitamin B6 and B12, but the new study of more than 77,000 Americans revealed a link between its high doses and lung cancer. However, the risk was found only among men, not women.

The researchers, from OSU and the National Taiwan University, found that those who took vitamin B supplements in recommended daily doses over a period of ten years faced 30 to 40 per cent higher risk of lung cancer.

Regular taking of vitamins B6 and B12 in high doses were found to be most affecting smokers, who were found to 3-4 times higher risk of getting lung cancer.

The researchers said, “The associations we observed provides evidence that high-dose B6 and B12 supplements should not be taken for lung cancer prevention and may, in fact, increase the risk of this disease in men.”

The researchers stressed that that most people in the U.S. already received enough vitamin B from their diets and thus didn’t need to take more.

The alarming findings of the new study appeared in the most recent edition of the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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