Paan masala causes anaemia

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RE­SEARCHERS AT the clin­i­cal hemato-on­col­ogy depart­ment of King George's Med­i­cal Univer­sity, Lucknow, have found that con­sum­ing paan­masala leads to a drop in one's folic acid level, which is one of the main causes of anaemia. This starts af­fect­ing the health much be­fore can­cer­ous fi­broids ap­pear in oral cav­i­ties. Chem­i­cals in paan masala have an ad­verse im­pact on the body's mech­a­nism to ab­sorb iron and folic acid and this leads to anaemia. The find could also change the popular belief that anaemia af­fects mainly women.

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