Study: vitamin B may not protect women from disease

November 4, 2008 2:20:55 PM PST
According to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, taking a daily supplement of B vitamins does not appear to protect women from developing cancer.The research followed some 5400 who took vitamins B6, B12 and folic acid for more than seven years.

Results show the women who took the pills did not lower their overall risk for heart disease or cancer. However, researchers did find some possible benefit for older women. Those 65 and older who get the daily B vitamins were 25 percent less likely to get breast cancer. But, researchers are questioning whether it is a genuine finding or a chance result.