It comes and goes, these folic acid vs folate debates. Let’s just get this part out of the way now with details to come: Folate is great and folic acid is fake and toxic. It’s a little more complex than that, and hopefully the complexity will be exposed and clarified to make sense in this article.
A recent flap circulated online from a Johns Hopkins press release on a study in progress. The press release was titled Too Much Folate in Pregnant Women Increases Risk for Autism, Study Suggests.(1) (more…)
Researchers have recently determined that anemia and levels of vitamin B6 and folate play a role in the development of depressive symptoms, according to a study published in September 2012. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that one in 10 U.S. adults report depression.
Investigators evaluated 1,371 elderly adults for levels of hemoglobin; serum iron levels; plasma vitamins B6, vitamin B12 and folate levels; erythrocyte transketolase activity (reduced in thiamine deficiency) and glutathione reductase activity (measured for oxidative stress). The subjects completed questionnaires regarding depressive symptoms. (more…)
Each of us has innate biochemical factors which influence personality, behavior, mental health, immune function, allergic tendencies, etc. Scientists tell us that the number of different genetic combinations possible in a child from the same two parents exceeds 42 million. It’s interesting to note that we do not possess a combination of characteristics from our parents, but instead have a diverse collection of characteristics from many ancestors on both sides of the family.
Except for identical twins, each human being has unique biochemistry resulting in quite diverse nutritional needs. Shakespeare was correct when he wrote “One man’s meat is another man’s poison.” For example, some of us are genetically suited for a vegetable-based diet and others are not. Some persons can satisfy their nutritional needs by diet alone and others must have nutritional supplements to overcome genetic aberrations. (more…)
Folic acid, along with vitamin B12 and vitamin B6 are required for normal nerve function. A mother’s folic acid status before and during pregnancy has a direct bearing on the nerve development of her child while in the womb. A new study proves that nonoptimal folic acid status of the mother during pregnancy increases the risk for autism, and nonoptimal folic acid status in the three months prior to conception increases the risk for delayed development. Any woman considering pregnancy should be on high quality folic acid supplementation, along with other cofactor B vitamins, ideally for at least three months prior to conception. (more…)
We are told that everyone, at every age and at every stage of life, needs folic acid.
Cereals are fortified with it, and practically every multivitamin contains it. In fact, according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), fortified cereals and a multivitamin are the two best ways that we can get our daily requirement of folic acid.
Folic acid helps prevent neural tube defects in a developing embryo, such as spina bifida. This is why pregnant women and women who could be pregnant are told to supplement with at least 600 mcg of folic acid a day. (more…)
Anyone trying to prevent heart disease and cancer is probably thoroughly confused by competing research and news reports about folic acid. In some studies it reduces the risk of cancer (i) and in others it seems to increase the risk. (ii) The media grab attention with scary headlines like the recent Prevention article “Is Your Breakfast Giving You Cancer,” and the confused consumer of healthy food and vitamin supplements goes back to burgers and fries and throws their supplements in the trash. (more…)
A study recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has found convincing evidence that is good news for lung cancer prevention. The combination of Vitamin B6, methionine and folate reduces the chances of lung cancer by a whopping two-thirds. (more…)
1. DO NOT TAKE SUPPLEMENTS THAT CONTAIN FOLIC ACID
Folate plays important roles in fetal development – folate is essential during pregnancy, especially early on in pregnancy, for the prevention of neural tube defects. Folate deficiency has been linked to neural tube defects.
Folate from food is protective, but folic acid supplementation is linked to cancer. (more…)
Folic acid and folate are terms used interchangeably as though they are the same. They are not. Folate is a naturally occurring vitamin known as B9. Folate contains all the related isomers needed for B9 to fully benefit health. Folic acid is a synthetically derived molecule created in a lab in the early 1940s. Guess which is beneficial and which is risky.
There are actually three different types of nutritional anemia: iron, B-12, and folate.
Anemia is a blood condition in which the number and/or size of the red blood cells is reduced. Because red blood cells move oxygen from your lungs to the tissues, it’s easy to see how any decrease in their size or amount limits how much oxygen is transported.
It’s that lack of oxygen transport that can result in the most common symptoms of anemia including weakness, tiredness, poor concentration(“brain fog”), pale skin, mild depression, and an increased risk of infection.
Fortunately, anemia can usually be corrected through proper diet and/or supplementation.