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Is synthetic folic acid toxic to your body? Research suggests 'yes'

4/9/2015 - One of the major pitfalls that many people encounter, often unknowingly, when trying to adopt a cleaner, healthier lifestyle is the synthetic vitamin deception. A great many of those inexpensive, mass-produced nutritional supplements you see lining the shelves at drug stores and big box retailers contain...

Vitamin B supplementation before conception improves health of newborns

11/26/2014 10:55:11 AM - Researchers have found that women who take folic acid (which is a B vitamin), before conception have a reduced risk of giving birth to children who are small for their gestational age (SGA). SGA is considered as having a birth weight less than the 10th percentile or falling in the lowest 10% of babies...

Folate makes you smart and happy. Lack of folate makes you depressed and stupid: Research

7/26/2013 - Some things boil down pretty simply and thanks to science.naturalnews.com, we have greater access than ever to the plain truth as validated by science. A simple search for folate (vitamin B9) on science.naturalnews.com yields several interesting studies that have been done to understand this vital...

Depression in men linked to folic acid deficiency

4/11/2013 - Men who do not get enough folic acid in their diets may be more susceptible to depression, studies have shown. Folic acid is the dietary form of vitamin B9 and is found primarily in green leafy vegetables, citrus fruit, beans and other legumes, liver, and yeast (including homebrewed alcohol and live...

Folate and vitamin B12 treat schizophrenia symptoms

3/12/2013 - Schizophrenia is a disabling brain disorder characterized by the inability to tell reality from imagination, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Symptoms are broken down into two types called "positive symptoms," which include hallucinations and delusions, and "negative symptoms" which...

B vitamins can help prevent breast cancer

11/29/2012 10:03:52 PM - New research suggests that ingredients found in B vitamins could help reduce the risk and incidence of breast cancer, particularly folate, a water soluble B vitamin that occurs naturally in food. The study of 1,412 women, by researchers at the University of Hawaii Cancer Center in Honolulu, found...

Folate helps fight colorectal cancer

11/17/2011 - A study published earlier this year in Gastroenterology, the official journal of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Institute, has revealed that folic acid may influence the likelihood of developing colorectal cancer in humans. Also known as vitamin B9, folic acid is a water soluble...

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

8/10/2011 - 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...

Age related hearing loss halted with folate nutrient

9/30/2010 - Hearing loss is the most common sensory disorder in the United States, and more than 36 million Americans have lost some of their hearing. Mostly, hearing loss is blamed on getting older. But evidence is accumulating that the real culprit could be a lack of B vitamins -- especially folate. For example,...

New Study: B6, Methionine and Folate Slash Lung Cancer by Two-Thirds

7/15/2010 - A new study just published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has found convincing evidence that is good news for lung cancer prevention. It has found that the combination of Vitamin B6, methionine and folate reduces the chances of lung cancer by a whopping two-thirds. Lung...

Take Folate to Negate the Alcohol/Breast Cancer Risk

11/26/2009 - The holidays are upon us. Along with connecting with our family and friends for feasts and fun, this season offers increased opportunities for sharing a festive toast. (Or two.) The good news is that recent research suggests that moderate drinking reduces the risk of heart disease. As heart disease...

Folic Acid May Prevent and Treat Allergies, Asthma

5/7/2009 - Vitamin B9, usually called folic acid, has long been known to reduce the risk of spinal birth defects. It is also necessary for healthy red blood cells. Now, in what is believed to be the first study of its kind in humans, scientists at Johns Hopkins Children's Center have found it may also be an effective...

Folate Consumption Reduces Risk of Stroke by 20 Percent in Male Smokers

1/14/2009 - A higher intake of folate reduces the risk of stroke in male smokers by 20 percent, according to a new study conducted by researchers from the National Cancer Institute, the National Institutes of Health, the Karolinska Institutet and the Finnish National Public Health Institute, and published in the...

Dietary Folate Boosts Sperm Quality, Boosts Fertility

9/2/2008 - Men who consume more folate are significantly less likely to produce sperm with the chromosomal abnormalities that can lead to birth defects, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of California at Berkeley and published in the journal Human Reproduction. A high intake...

Folate and Vitamin B-12: Two Nutrients Critical for Brain Health

4/30/2008 - Recent research documents the critical nature of two nutrients, vitamin B-12 and folate, in brain health and the maintenance of cognitive functioning, including memory. Deficiencies of these key nutrients are markers of the neuropathology leading to cognitive decline, Alzheimer's Disease, and stroke. Studies...

Folic acid may help prevent hearing loss in old age, study finds

1/11/2007 - Men and women who supplement their diets with folic acid may slow their age-related hearing loss, according to new Dutch research published in the Jan. 2 edition of the journal Archives of Internal Medicine. Folic acid -- a B vitamin also known as folate -- helps the body create new cells. Earlier...

Smoking out the links between nutrition and oral cancer (press release)

10/6/2006 - Every year, nearly 300,000 people worldwide are diagnosed with oral cancer. This type of cancer has the highest incidence in people who use tobacco, including cigarettes, but the means by which tobacco promotes the development of oral cancer is unknown. Researchers at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition...

Folate may alter risk of prostate cancer progression (press release)

8/18/2006 - Folate in the diet does not appear to lower the risk of developing prostate cancer, but does seem to influence disease severity somewhat, according to findings published in the American Journal of Epidemiology. Folate has important effects on DNA and it is also inversely associated with the risk...

Encouraging results for folic acid as a cancer prevention drug (press release)

8/15/2006 - Folic acid supplements may prevent cancer progression and promote regression of disease, according to a new study. Published in the July 15, 2006 issue of CANCER (http://www.interscience.wiley.com/cancer-newsroom), a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the small study found that 31...

Folic acid deficiencies are widespread; here's why nearly everyone needs more folate

12/29/2005 - Pregnant women plagued by cravings for pickles and ice cream must remember to include plenty of folic acid in their diets. Shown to reduce the risk of miscarriage and birth defects, folic acid found primarily in leafy green vegetables is an absolute necessity for any woman who is pregnant or is...

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