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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...

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...

Is folic acid or folate a key element to avoiding autism?

3/10/2013 - A new study, called the Autism Birth Cohort Study, that followed 85,176 babies born in the six years between 2002 and 2008, sought to determine if folic acid intake made a difference in risk factors relating to the development of autism spectrum disorders. The study was published February 13 in the...

Taking folic acid supplements in early pregnancy can prevent autism

3/6/2013 - According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about one in 88 children in the U.S. has an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) -- but little is known about how the disorder develops and methods for diagnosis, prevention, and treatment are limited. But now comes word from a large study...

Folic acid supplementation improves arterial elasticity to lower heart attack risk

6/20/2012 - A primary cause for the dramatic rise in cardiovascular disease leading to coronary artery disease and heart attack deaths is arterial hardening or loss of elasticity in the delicate endothelial lining of the arteries supplying blood to the heart. Homocysteine is an amino acid that has been associated...

Vitamin B-12 and folic acid prevent memory loss and improve cognition as we age

1/6/2012 - Researchers from the Australian National University have shown that essential B vitamins combat stress that results in a loss of memory and normal thought patterns that cause abnormal brain aging. Published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, scientists found that long-term supplementation...

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...

Folic acid during pregnancy may reduce baby's cancer risk

5/29/2011 - The importance of maintaining high intake levels of folic acid during pregnancy has been established by numerous scientific studies, all of which verify that the vitamin directly affects the intelligence and physical health of the child later in life. And now a new study adds to this body of evidence,...

Iron, folic acid supplements during pregnancy make kids smarter

2/8/2011 - Giving pregnant women folic acid and iron supplements may increase the intelligence of their children later in life, according to a study conduced by researchers from Johns Hopkins University and published in the "Journal of the American Medical Association." The researchers studied school-aged children...

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

12/27/2010 - 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...

The Folic Acid Phenomenon: Nature Provides Major Missing Link in HPV Treatment (Opinion)

5/4/2010 - The Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is an extremely common virus that can cause venereal warts. It is known to increase a woman's risk of developing abnormal Pap smears, and even cervical dysplasia (atypical - or abnormal - cells that signal the possible development of cervical cancer). However, one essential...

Medications that block folic acid during pregnancy can cause birth defects

11/19/2009 - (Natural News) An epidemiological study in Israel that included 84,832 babies born at Soroka Medical Center, in Beer-Sheva concluded that medications taken during the first trimester that block folic acid more than double the risk of congenital malformations. The study team involved Epidemiologists,...

Vitamin B12 Just as Important as Folic Acid for Mothers-to-Be (Opinion)

10/5/2009 - Thanks to public health campaigns, it seems like everyone is aware that sufficient Folic Acid prevents 'neural tube defects' in developing infants. As such, most governments have made folic acid supplementation of many foods mandatory to prevent these permanent birth defects. A lesser known fact, however,...

Folic Acid will Improve Your Wellbeing Dramatically

6/30/2009 - Folic acid is also known as Vitamin B9 or Folacin. It is water soluble and essential to many bodily functions such as producing healthy red blood cells and preventing anemia. There are many benefits of folic acid; it inhibits colon cancer, prevents heart disease and is beneficial for pregnant women....

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...

Vitamin B and Folic Acid Supplements Prevent Migraines

3/25/2009 - Increased intake of folic acid and other B vitamins may reduce the frequency and severity of migraine attacks, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Genomics Research Center at Australia's Griffith University. Migraine attacks are characterized by severe headaches, often accompanied...

Vitamins B6, B12 and Folic Acid Found to Ward Off Age-Related Macular Degeneration

3/15/2009 - According to the Macular Degeneration Foundation, macular degeneration is the number one cause of blindness among persons aged over 65 in the United States and the United Kingdom. Some good news, though, was revealed in a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. It had found that intake...

Most Women of Childbearing Age Fail on Folic Acid Intake

8/5/2008 - The majority of U.S. women of childbearing age do not comply with government requirements to take a daily supplement of folic acid. Folic acid and folate are two forms of vitamin B-9, and sufficient levels are required for the proper development of the fetal nervous system. Low maternal levels of...

Folic Acid Fortification: One Size May Not Fit All

12/9/2007 - To fortify or not to fortify? This is now being questioned. Two recently published articles take a look at the results of mandatory folic acid fortification and call for a more in depth study of the side effects of this program. Folic Acid has been a required enrichment in the United States to breads,...

Prenatal vitamins shown to reduce children's risk of cancer

11/2/2007 - Taking folic acid and multivitamins while pregnant can nearly halve the chance of a child getting a common cancer before the age of 18, new evidence from a Toronto children's hospital shows. The study, from Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children, was spurred when officials at the hospital noticed a drop...

Folic acid supplements taken by mothers greatly reduces risk of cleft lips and palates in infants

2/2/2007 - (News Target) A recent study published in the British Medical Journal has shown that folic acid, a B vitamin that has been proven to decrease instances of natal deformities in children, is effective in staving off another widespread birth defect: cleft lips and palates. Previously, researchers had...

Folic acid supplements found to significantly enhance memory function

1/24/2007 - Folic acid supplements can boost the memory and brain power of older people with remarkable effect, a new study published Friday shows. In the study, men and post-menopausal women aged 50 to 70 years old who took daily doses of supplements had the same mental adroitness of people five years younger....

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...

Folic acid proven to prevent heart disease and stroke in study

11/27/2006 - Experts have long recommended folic acid for pregnant women or women who may become pregnant, but a new study by researchers at the Wolfson Institute for Preventive Medicine in London and the Barts & The London Queen Mary's School of Medicine and Dentistry has confirmed the B vitamin also reduces people's...

Folic Acid May Protect Against Birth Defects, But Intake Falls Short of Goals (press release)

11/21/2006 - A national mandate to fortify all U.S. enriched grain products with folic acid has led to an overall intake of the nutrient, yet consumption still falls far short of federal targets and varies greatly among different populations. The Food and Drug Administration mandated folic acid fortification...

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 (, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the small study found that 31...

Folic Acid May Prevent Cancer of Larynx (press release)

8/7/2006 - While folic acid is more commonly known as the nutrient that can help prevent birth defects, new research suggests that folic acid supplements may also help prevent cancer of the larynx. In a study of people with precancerous lesions called leukoplakia, Italian researchers found the lesions disappeared...

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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