Heart-helping, brain- and immune-system boosting vitamin B6 can now add another job to its already impressive resume: breast cancer fighter. Research suggests that simply getting your share of this nutrient could cut your risk of breast cancer, a lot.
Double-Duty Cancer Fighting
A study of Taiwanese women found that B vitamins in general and vitamin B6 in particular can reduce breast cancer risk. Higher vitamin B6 intakes were specifically associated with a much lower risk of developing ER-negative breast tumors. How does B6 do it? Researchers say it plays a pivotal role in preventing DNA damage and guarding against genetic mutations -- processes that up the risk of cancer. It also blocks the blood supply to tumor cells so they fail to grow and spread. Now that's a b-eautiful thing.