The other anti-supplement claim made is about What it does: Critical during pregnancy for the development of a baby’s brain and nerves. Also essential for brain and nerve function. Needed for utilising… and colo-rectal cancer. it is a well known fact that floats protect cells from becoming cancerous. However, if a person has pre-cancerous cells in the gut, often found in those with colorectal polyps, supplementing large amounts of folic acid can make those pre-cancerous cells grow faster, thus increase colorectal cancer risk. That is why I am not in favour of fortifying all food with folic acid, and caution against supplementing large amounts, e.g. 800mcg, unless you have good reason to, such as a high Homocysteine is an amino acid found in the blood. Elevated levels of homocysteine have been associated with narrowing and hardening of the arteries, an increased… level.
The guy referred to as making these claims at the recent American Association for Cancer research meeting, which is of course largely funded by big pharma, has not one paper published that I could find, and there are no details of any of new research as such, so I must assume it is just regurgitating old myths.
Have a look at https://www.patrickholford.com/advice/the-truth-about-antioxidants-supplements? for dissection of the Antioxidants are substances that protect cells within the body from damage caused by free radicals. They help to strengthen the body’s ability to fight infection… myths.