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B Vitamins May Benefit People Exposed To Arsenic09-Mar-2011

The “Health Effects of Arsenic Longitudinal study” which involved 9,833 people found that higher dietary intake of B Vitamins may enhance the excretion of arsenic from their body. Daily average B Vitamin intake was assessed using a validated food frequency questionnaire. Data on drinking water and urinary arsenic concentrations was also assessed. After adjusting for confounders, higher dietary intakes of thiamine (B1), niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5), and pyridoxine (B6) were associated with significantly increased urinary total arsenic excretion. Thus, the authors of this study conclude, “These results suggest that higher intakes of certain B Vitamins may enhance the excretion of arsenic from the body. This study offers new insights into modifiable dietary factors that relate to arsenic excretion and thus provides potential avenues for the prevention of arsenic-related health effects.”

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Reference: “Dietary B vitamin intakes and urinary total arsenic concentration in the Health Effects of Arsenic Longitudinal Study (HEALS) cohort, Bangladesh,” Argos M, Ahsan H, et al, Eur J Clin Nutr, 2010 Apr 13; [Epub ahead of print]. (Address: Department of Health Studies, The University of Chicago, 5841 S. Maryland Avenue, MC2007, Chicago, IL, 60637, USA).