folic acid

Folic acid levels linked to depression

Researchers have always known that B-vitamins play a critical role in mood, but now a study has definitively connected folic acid levels with depression. Researchers at Harvard Medical School in Boston have said that low folic acid (folate) levels are associated with slower improvements of the medical treatment of depression. In this study, 110 outpatients [...]

Folic acid levels linked to depression 2018-02-15T15:52:56+00:00

Start Prenatal Vitamins Early: Study finds first month may be critical for reducing birth defect

A mother’s nutrition during the first month of pregnancy may be critical in determining a child’s risk of developing Down syndrome (DS), according to a recent study. In particular, researchers found that an adequate intake of iron and folic acid can significantly lower the risk. DS is a disorder that results from a chromosomal abnormality [...]

Start Prenatal Vitamins Early: Study finds first month may be critical for reducing birth defect 2015-09-09T13:49:28+00:00

Save Your Brain! Folic acid may protect against cognitive decline

According to a recent report, folate (folic acid), a B vitamin found in foods like leafy green vegetables and citrus fruit, may protect against cognitive decline in older adults. A team at Tufts University, led by Katherine L. Tucker, PhD, studied a group of Boston-area men who were members of the ongoing Normative Aging Study [...]

Save Your Brain! Folic acid may protect against cognitive decline 2018-02-15T15:53:01+00:00

Moms-to-Be: Vitamin linked to healthy birth weight

Mothers-to-be with lower levels of the vitamin folic acid in their body during early pregnancy are more likely to have babies with lower, or less healthy, birth weights, a study has revealed. Conversely, researchers, who examined nearly 1,000 women and their newborn babies, found that higher levels of folic acid (found in some vegetables, fruits [...]

Moms-to-Be: Vitamin linked to healthy birth weight 2018-02-15T15:53:02+00:00

Folic acid among top heart nutrients

Attendees at the American Heart Association’s 58th Annual High Blood Pressure Research Conference heard evidence that women who consumed more than 800 mcg/day of folic acid reduced their risk of high blood pressure by almost a third compared to those who consumed less than 200 mcg/day. Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston used [...]

Folic acid among top heart nutrients 2015-09-09T13:49:31+00:00

Reducing the Risk: Folic acid lowers risk of ovarian cancer

Folic acid is a water-soluble B vitamin that has been shown to play an important role in DNA synthesis and repair. Previous studies have shown that a low intake of folic acid may be associated with an increased risk of breast and colorectal cancer, especially among alcohol drinkers. Researchers from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm [...]

Reducing the Risk: Folic acid lowers risk of ovarian cancer 2015-09-09T13:50:28+00:00

Supplements improve male infertility

Fertility problems affect about one in six couples and 30% of cases are linked to improper sperm production. For couples with this issue, two recent studies highlight the benefits of nutritional supplements. At the University of Ancona in Italy, a pilot study examined the effects of coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) on 22 men, aged 25 to [...]

Supplements improve male infertility 2018-02-15T15:53:11+00:00

B for the Brain: B-12 linked to risk for memory problems among elderly

Among healthy people over the age of 75 who have the genotype associated with higher risk for Alzheimer’s, low levels of vitamin B-12 are associated with significantly worse performance on memory tests. Scientists already knew of a genetic predisposition for Alzheimer’s disease, and that low levels of two B vitamins — B-12 and folic acid [...]

B for the Brain: B-12 linked to risk for memory problems among elderly 2018-02-15T15:53:25+00:00

Vitamin Prevents Cancer: Folic acid lowers childhood cancer incidence

A research team at The Hospital for Sick Children (HSC) and the University of Toronto (U of T) has shown that folic acid food fortification has resulted in a 60% reduction in the incidence of neuroblastoma, a deadly childhood cancer. “Our research indicates that this is the first pediatric cancer that can be prevented through [...]

Vitamin Prevents Cancer: Folic acid lowers childhood cancer incidence 2018-02-15T15:53:28+00:00

Smokers Lose Important Vitamin; Second-hand exposure also robs folic acid

Exposure to cigarette smoke may rob people of folate (also known as folic acid), an important vitamin that helps protect against a variety of diseases, including a number of birth defects, a large nationwide study concludes. Both active smokers and those exposed to high levels of secondhand smoke had lower levels of folate in their [...]

Smokers Lose Important Vitamin; Second-hand exposure also robs folic acid 2015-09-09T13:51:15+00:00

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