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Follow that Mojito With a Folic Acid Shooter!

August 2, 2010

While this isn’t recommended by the National Institute of Health (yet) the advice by Natasha Turner, N.D. a Toronto-based naturopathic doctor makes sense to us.

Turner is the founder of the Clear Medicine wellness boutique and author of the bestselling book The Hormone Diet. Each week in her column for That’s, she  advises readers on how to remedy common health issues as well as improve their overall health.

Regarding alcohol and breast cancer…

Avoid excess alcohol: More than four servings of alcohol per week increases breast cancer risk. The risk is especially higher when several drinks are consumed at one time. When you do consume alcohol, red wine is your best choice because of its antioxidant properties. Limit your intake to one glass a day at a maximum of four days per week. Always follow your alcohol with a B complex supplement high in folic acid. This will decrease the harmful effects of alcohol on the breast tissues.

What the Folate?  According to the NIH .. Folate and folic acid are forms of a water-soluble B vitamin. Folate occurs naturally in food and folic acid is the synthetic form of this vitamin. Folic acid is well-tolerated in amounts found in fortified foods and supplements. Sources include cereals, baked goods, leafy vegetables (spinach, broccoli, lettuce), okra, asparagus, fruits (bananas, melons, lemons), legumes, yeast, mushrooms, organ meat (beef liver, kidney), orange juice, and tomato juice. Folic acid is frequently used in combination with other B vitamins in vitamin B complex formulations.

What does the NIH have to say about this preventative measure?


Preliminary evidence surrounding the use of folate seems promising for decreasing the risk of breast, cervical, pancreatic, and gastrointestinal cancer. However, currently there is insufficient evidence available to recommend folate supplementation for any type of cancer prevention or treatment. Please follow the advice of a qualified healthcare provider in this area.

Folate and alcohol:

Folate deficiency has been observed in alcoholics. Alcohol interferes with the absorption of folate and increases excretion of folate by the kidney. Many alcohol abusers have poor quality diets that do not provide the recommended intake of folate. Increasing folate intake through diet, or folic acid intake through fortified foods or supplements, may be beneficial to the health of alcoholics.

Considering Vitamin B is water soluble, popping a bit of folic acid post cocktail party can’t hurt…and according to Dr. Turner, it just might protect you from breast cancer.

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