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Taking loads of vitamin B could increase your risk of lung cancer

The price of supplements might be pretty steep.
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Large doses of vitamin B might cause more harm than good.

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B vitamins are often sold with the promise of boosting flagging energy levels. But men who smoke might want to skip them, according to a new study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. While smoking kills some six million people a year, the study found that men who smoked and took large doses of vitamins B6 or B12 significantly increased their risk of lung cancer.

Specifically, the study found that taking high doses of B6 (20 milligrams or more per day averaged over a period of 10 years) increased the likelihood that male smokers would develop lung cancer by, so if the study’s results hold up to further scrutiny, popping mega doses of B6 and B12 may be like pouring gasoline on a fire.

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