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Vitamin A Can Help Prevent Colon Cancer

Vitamin A-Rich Foods

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  • Colon cancer-causing genetic mutations can survive in stem cells (premature cells) even after cancer treatment and can reappear to cause a relapse
  • Researchers recently studied the role of a vitamin A compound, retinoic acid, and how it can prevent colon cancer relapse and metastasis
  • Studies showed lower levels of retinoic acid in mice with colon cancer; furthermore, when their intestines were given an extra dose of retinoic acid, the disease’s progression slowed
  • The protein HOXA5, from a specific gene, determines to some degree how many stem cells develop, but scientists found that retinoids can re-activate HOXA5, showing promise for existing colon cancer patients and preventing new cases

By Dr. Mercola

During a recent clinical trial, scientists found a possible link between retinoic acid, a compound produced in your body from vitamin A, and the inhibition of colon cancer, one of the leading causes of cancer worldwide.


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