The Medical Establishment is Too Nutritionally Confused to Be Authoritative

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…)

Mom’s Folic Acid Supplementation Reduces Risk for Autism

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…)

Folate versus Folic Acid for Pregnancy

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…)

Nutrition Tips: Folic Acid: Killer or Cure-All?

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…)

B12 and Folic Acid Boost Memory in Stressed Adults

Too much stress is highly inflammatory to your nerves and leads to wear and tear. B vitamins are crucial for nerve transmission and are needed in higher amounts as your stress level increases. A new study shows that 400 mcg of folic acid and 100 mcg of B12 daily for two years resulted in significantly better memory function in stressed adults, compared to controls. (more…)

Most Prenatals & Multivitamins may be doing more harm than good!


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…)

Not knowing the difference between folate and folic acid can harm you

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.

Folate Sources and Benefits

Not All Heart Disease Risk Factors Get Equal Treatment

Just a couple of years ago, homocysteine became a household word. Homocysteine is an amino acid that your body uses as part of its metabolism. It’s a byproduct your body makes when it breaks down proteins.

In a normal, healthy person, the body cleans up any excess homocysteine. But if you don’t have the right nutrients available—vitamin B6, B12, and folic acid—then your homocysteine levels begin to climb. (more…)

Iron, folic acid supplementation during pregnancy results in children with better motor skills

A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association highlights the importance of getting plenty of the right vitamins, minerals and nutrients during pregnancy. The study showed that Indian women who supplemented with prenatal iron, folic acid and vitamin A produced children who were smarter and had better motor skills than children from mothers who did not supplement.

“Micronutrient inadequacy is a critical concern among pregnant women and young children throughout the world,” explained Parul Christian, Dr.P.H., from Johns Hopkins University, and his colleagues in their study paper. “Gestation and the early postnatal period are considered sensitive periods for brain development, and nutritional deprivation during this period may lead to functional impairments.”

Researchers evaluated 676 children between 7-9 years of age who had been born to various women given either folic acid and iron; folic acid, iron and zinc; folic acid, iron, zinc and 11 other micronutrients; or placebo. The team found that iron and folic acid in particular improved intellectual capacity, executive function, motor function and fine motor control.

Iron deficiency in particular is associated with negative alterations in cognitive development, which can lead to decreased intellectual capacity and under-developed motor skills. Additionally, women who do not get enough folic acid during pregnancy have a much higher risk of bearing a child with birth defects (…).

Foods naturally rich in iron include string beans, turnip greens, mustard greens, spinach, chard and other leafy greens. These same greens also contain high levels of natural folate, as do beans, peas, asparagus, avocados, strawberries and oranges. And zinc-rich foods include oysters, certain meats, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds and green peas.

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