Vitamin B6 increases survival in prostate cancer

Researchers from the Department of Urology at Örebro University Hospital have found that consumption of extra vitamin B6 improves survival in patients with early prostate cancer.

- We studied 525 men with prostate cancer in Örebro county over 15 years, says Swen-Olof Andersson, associate professor and consultant at the Department of Urology, Örebro University Hospital. One aspect of interest was diet; the quarter who consumed most B6 had a 29% lower risk of dying than the quarter who consumed least B6.

- The Department of Urology is part of a large research network. Our collection of patient data has been the basis for several interesting dissertations, both nationally and internationally. Together with researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, we have found a link between consumption of vitamin B6 and survival in early prostate cancer.

The protective effect of vitamin B6 concerns early tumors that have not spread to other organs. Vitamin B6 is found in regular food such as beans, potatoes, meat, chicken, salmon, and tuna. The recommended daily dose is 1.3 mg/day for men under 50 years of age and 1.7 mg/day for older men.

Page revised Tuesday, April 5, 2011

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Published by Anita Pettersson