Colorectal cancer & B6

The Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) did a review study of B6. Nine examined B6 intake, and four examined blood levels of PLP, the active form of B6. All the studies compared B6 status to cases of colorectal cancer. 

Some of the studies include: 

A Harvard Medical School study showed that subjects with the highest B6 levels had a much lower risk of colorectal cancer compared to subjects with the lowest levels

Tufts University research found that even a modest deficiency of key components in the B complex (including B6) increased colorectal cancer risk

In a large study from Scotland’s University of Edinburgh, high levels of B6 intake reduced colorectal cancer risk by more than 20 percent

Another Harvard trial found colorectal cancer risk significantly reduced among subjects who had the highest dietary intake of folate and B6

Dr. Tucker’s comment: Higher B6 intake and blood PLP levels were linked to lower colorectal cancer risk–and the higher the PLP levels, the stronger the link. Twelve years ago, John M. Ellis, M.D., put B6 on the map with a groundbreaking book titled “Vitamin B6 Therapy: Nature’s Versatile Healer.” In it, Dr. Ellis explains that PLP is a coenzyme that activates many crucial enzyme systems. In fact, nearly 120 enzymes need B6 to function properly, and 19 out of your body’s 20 amino acids require B6.

That’s why it’s no surprise that B-6 also plays a key role in many other health issues, including immune function, hormone function, and cognitive function, as well as the prevention of heart disease, depression, kidney stones, breast cancer, and prostate cancer. 

The two best dietary sources of B6 are bananas and chicken breast meat. Fish, red meat, beans, and a wide variety of other plant foods also contain B6.

If you are afraid you are not getting proper amounts of B6 in your diet, I recommend Cortico-B5,B6 (100mg); Fem Essentials (40mg); and any of the UltraMeal products (25mg)

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