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Folic acid levels linked to depression

By | August 13th, 2015|HNU Archive|

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 [...]

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

By | July 28th, 2015|HNU Archive|

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 [...]

Save Your Brain! Folic acid may protect against cognitive decline

By | July 28th, 2015|HNU Archive|

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 [...]

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

By | July 25th, 2015|HNU Archive|

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 [...]

Folic acid among top heart nutrients

By | July 24th, 2015|HNU Archive|

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 [...]

Reducing the Risk: Folic acid lowers risk of ovarian cancer

By | June 28th, 2015|HNU Archive|

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 [...]

Supplements improve male infertility

By | June 27th, 2015|HNU Archive|

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 [...]

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

By | June 23rd, 2015|HNU Archive, Uncategorized|

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 [...]

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

By | June 12th, 2015|HNU Archive, Uncategorized|

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 [...]