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  Folic Acid
Folic acid supplementation is known to lower homocysteine levels and laws have recently been passed in the United States mandating folic acid fortification of bread and cereal.
An inadequate intake of folic acid is firmly associated with an increased risk of vascular disease and, among women of childbearing age, with a significantly heightened risk of giving birth to a baby with neural tube defects.
Folic acid supplementation in women of childbearing age is becoming increasingly popular as an effective means of preventing neural tube defects in their offspring.
www.pinc.com /healthnews/folate.html   (15573 words)

  
 Vitamins : Folic acid, Folate (Vitamin M)
Folic acid works closely with vitamins B6 and B12 as well as the nutrients betaine and S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe) to control blood levels of the amino acid homocysteine.
Folic acid is the synthetic form of this vitamin that is found in supplements and fortified foods.
Folic acid also works closely together with vitamin B12 to regulate the formation of red blood cells and to help iron function properly in the body.
www.greatvistachemicals.com /vitamins-vitamin/folic-acid-folate.html   (743 words)

  
 Folic Acid, Prenatal Vitamins, and Prevention of Birth Defects
Folic acid has been shown not only to decrease the risk of neural tube birth defects like spina bifida, but it has also been shown to reduce other birth defects like congenital heart conditions.
To achieve a satisfactory folic acid level it is suggested to begin folic acid supplementation at least 1-2 months prior to conception.
The influence of folic acid supplement on the outcome of pregnancies in the county of Funen in Denmark.
www.pregnancy-plus.com /folicacid.html   (898 words)

  
 Folic Acid - Elson M. Haas M.D. - HealthWorld Online
Folic acid is very sensitive and is easily destroyed in a variety of ways, such as by light, heat, any type of cooking, or an acid pH below 4; it can even be lost from foods when they are stored at room temperature for long periods.
Folic acid aids in red blood cell production by carrying the carbon molecule to the larger heme molecule, which is the iron-containing part of hemoglobin (the oxygen-carrying molecule of the red blood cells).
Folic acid absorption seems to diminish with age, and deficiency is common in the elderly, especially those in rest or nursing homes, who are unlikely to get fresh vegetables or supplements.
www.healthy.net /asp/templates/Article.asp?PageType=Article&Id=2133   (2252 words)

  
 Folic Acid and Pregnancy
Folic acid, sometimes called folate, is a B vitamin (B9) found mostly in leafy green vegetables like kale and spinach, orange juice, and enriched grains.
Doctors and scientists still aren't completely sure why folic acid has such a profound effect on the prevention of neural tube defects, but they do know that this vitamin is crucial in the development of DNA.
Adequate folic acid intake is very important 1 month before conception and at least 3 months afterward to potentially reduce the risk of having a fetus with a neural tube defect.
www.kidshealth.org /parent/pregnancy_newborn/pregnancy/folic_acid.html   (613 words)

  
 Medical References: Folic Acid   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Folic acid from vitamin supplements and fortified foods is more readily absorbed and made available for use by the body than natural folate from food.
Folic acid also supports the rapid growth of the placenta and fetus and is needed to produce new DNA (genetic material) as cells multiply.
The March of Dimes is a member of the National Council on Folic Acid, a collaborative group of health organizations whose mission is to improve health by promoting the benefits and consumption of folic acid.
www.modimes.org /professionals/681_1151.asp   (1988 words)

  
 Inertia on folic acid has caused thousands of unnecessary deaths -- Ellis 326 (7398): 1054 -- BMJ
Had flour been fortified with folic acid when the evidence regarding neural tube defects was published, thousands of people would not have died from coronary heart disease.
Folic acid lowers concentrations of homocysteine, an amino acid that for about 15 years has been believed to be associated with heart attacks and strokes.
The folic acid working group of the European Surveillance of Congenital Anomalies is soon to publish a report, concluding that most women in Europe do not take folic acid around the time of conception, despite education programmes in some countries encouraging them to do so.
www.bmj.com /cgi/content/full/326/7398/1054-c   (696 words)

  
 Before You're Pregnant: Take Folic Acid
Folic acid is a naturally occurring B vitamin that helps a baby's neural tube—the part of a developing baby that becomes the brain and spinal cord—develop properly.
Folic acid works, but it only works if taken before and during the first few weeks of pregnancy, when the neural tube is developing into the brain and spinal cord.
She was saved by folic acid." In 1999, Kelsey served as the March of Dimes National Ambassador; she and her parents traveled around the country to tell other families about the importance of folic acid.
www.marchofdimes.com /pnhec/173_769.asp   (784 words)

  
 Folic Acid Awareness   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Efforts to encourage women to consume adequate folic acid in their childbearing years have not brought the desired results, according to a 1998 March of Dimes national survey of more than 2,000 women between the ages of 18 and 45.
Although more women now know about the need for folic acid than did in 1995, "there has been no corresponding increase in the number of women taking multivitamins every day," according to the March of Dimes.
Folic acid, or folate, is a B vitamin that can help reduce the risk of having a baby with certain birth defects of the brain and spine.
www.fda.gov /fdac/features/1999/babyside.html   (103 words)

  
 Folic acid and pregnancy
Folic acid refers to the synthetic form of the vitamin.
All women need folic acid in their diet because it works best for you and your baby early in the first month of pregnancy, a time when you may not even know you’re pregnant.
On the labels, folic acid is also called "folate." The amount of folic acid or folate in a vitamin or food may be given as either 400 micrograms or 0.4 mg.
www.healingdaily.com /detoxification-diet/folic-acid.htm   (632 words)

  
 CNN - Study: Folic acid boost could save 50,000 lives a year - April 8, 1998
Folic acid is already being added to cereals in higher levels than ever before in light of evidence that it can prevent some types of birth defects.
Folic acid deficiencies have been linked to birth defects of the brain and spine as well as to high blood levels of the amino acid homocysteine.
Folic acid is in leafy green vegetables, beans, eggs and grains, but few people get enough through diet alone.
www.cnn.com /HEALTH/9804/08/cereal.heart   (774 words)

  
 FDA/CFSAN Folic Acid Fact Sheet (1996) and FDA Consumer (1994)
Because the effects of high intakes of folic acid are not well known, but do include complicating the diagnosis of vitamin B12 deficiency, care should be taken to keep total folate consumption under 1 mg per day, except under the supervision of a physician.
Folic acid is the synthetic form of folate, which is found naturally in some foods.) A bowl of lentil soup or fortified breakfast cereal, a large spinach salad, or a tall glass of orange juice will put a woman well on her way to 0.4 mg of folic acid.
The more folic acid the women took, the less was their chance of having a baby with a neural tube defect.
vm.cfsan.fda.gov /~dms/wh-folic.html   (3198 words)

  
 Anaemia due to folic acid deficiency
There is an increased need for folic acid when there are periods of rapid growth in childhood and during pregnancy.
Women who are planning to become pregnant should talk to their GP or pharmacist about a folic acid supplement during pregnancy, and before conception.
Folic acid is taken in tablet form once a day and has few side effects.
www.netdoctor.co.uk /diseases/facts/anaemiafolicacid.htm   (920 words)

  
 Folic acid (folates), Eastern North Carolina, NC
Folic acid, one of the B vitamins, is important for the normal development of an unborn child (fetus).
Folic acid and its closely related compounds, folates, are needed for the production of red and white blood cells and platelets, the formation of genetic material (DNA) in cells, and growth.
Folic acid is found in foods such as liver, kidney, yeast, fruits (bananas, oranges), leafy vegetables (spinach), eggs, whole-wheat bread, lima beans, and milk.
www.uhseast.com /120407.cfm   (223 words)

  
 Folic Acid The vitamin that helps prevent birth defects
Folic acid is a vitamin found in many foods and multivitamin supplements.
All women need folic acid because it works best for you and your baby early in the first month of pregnancy, a time when you may not even know you're pregnant.
Folic acid can reduce certain birth defects of the brain and spinal cord by more than 70 percent.
www.health.state.ny.us /nysdoh/folic/1335.htm   (756 words)

  
 Folic Acid for Healthy Babies: A Primer, NCBDDD, CDC
Between 50% to 75% of these cases could be prevented if the mother consumed sufficient folic acid before and during the early weeks of pregnancy.
All women of childbearing age should consume 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid daily because half of the pregnancies in the United States are unplanned and because these birth defects of the spine and brain occur before most women know they are pregnant.
The CDC, the March of Dimes, and the National Council on Folic Acid have initiated the National Folic Acid Campaign to educate women of reproductive age about the need to consume 400 mcg of the vitamin folic acid daily to prevent the serious birth defects spina bifida and anencephaly.
www.cdc.gov /ncbddd/fact/babies.htm   (275 words)

  
 Folic acid, folate.90's
Folic acid is vital to proper cell division and prevents damage to cellular DNA, helping to reduce the risk of colon polyps, colorectal cancer and cervical cancer.
"Folic acid is necessary for proper brain function, being concentrated in the spinal and extracellular fluids.
Folic acid in supplement form is twice as available to the body as the folate found in foods.
www.healthmart2000.com /item84.htm   (270 words)

  
 Folic Acid Now: National Council on Folic Acid   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Folic Acid Now: National Council on Folic Acid
The National Council on Folic Acid wants Hispanic women to understand the benefits of increasing folic acid consumption as a part of their regular diet.
The National Council on Folic Acid is supported in part through a cooperative
www.folicacidinfo.org   (178 words)

  
 Folic Acid, NCBDDD, CDC   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
If a woman has enough folic acid in her body before she is pregnant, it can help prevent major birth defects of her baby’s brain and spine.
Women need to take folic acid every day starting before they are pregnant to help prevent NTDs.
Cereals that contain 100% of the Daily Value of folic acid
www.cdc.gov /ncbddd/folicacid/default.htm   (107 words)

  
 folic acid articles and information
The CDC published a report stating that the number of pregnant women taking folic acid supplements, proven to reduce the chances of birth defects, was down from the 40 percent reported in 2004, with only 33 percent in 2005 recorded as getting the daily minimum of 400 micrograms.
Pediatric study shows that folic acid has helped to reduce birth defects in the U.S. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that since 1998, when the FDA fortified the nation's grain with folic acid, birth defects have decreased by more than one-third.
An analysis of two studies indicates that a high intake of folic acid in younger women, and to a lesser extent in older women, reduced the incidence of hypertension.
www.newstarget.com /folic_acid.html   (1515 words)

  
 Accent on Health: Have You Had Your Folic Acid Today?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Women with higher education are more likely to take a vitamin containing folic acid than those with a high school diploma or less, according to a study recently completed by the Texas Department of Health.
Researchers have known for years that many cases of neural tube defects could be prevented if women who are capable of bearing children took folic acid, a B vitamin commonly found in multivitamin supplements and highly fortified cereals.
Women who had not graduated from high school were less likely to take folic acid than their more educated counterparts, whatever their race or ethnic group.
www.tdh.state.tx.us /news/acc0105.htm   (959 words)

  
 The Civitan Center Folic Acid info site   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Folic acid may help prevent certain birth defects.
Folic acid (folate/folacin) is a water-soluble vitamin that has been shown to help prevent serious birth defects of the brain and spine (known as neural tube defects) when taken daily prior to conception and in early weeks of pregnancy.
Several recent studies suggest that multivitamin supplements (as well as vitamin-fortified cereals) taken before conception and in the first months of pregnancy may also reduce the incidence of cleft lip/palate, some heart defects, and limb defects.
www.circ.uab.edu /Folate/folic.htm   (222 words)

  
 Can Folic Acid Slow Brain Drain? - CBS News
The research adds to mounting evidence that a diet higher in folate - a B vitamin found in grains and certain dark-colored fruits and vegetables - is important for a variety of diseases.
The study divided 818 people ages 50 to 75 to take either a vitamin containing 800 micrograms of folic acid a day, or a dummy pill, for three years.
The folic acid protected users' brains, lead researcher Jane Durga of Wageningen University reported Monday at a meeting of the Alzheimer's Association.
www.cbsnews.com /stories/2005/06/20/health/main703140.shtml   (616 words)

  
 Alzheimer's Association | Folic acid may reduce Alzheimer risk   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Consuming enough of the B vitamin folic acid significantly reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, according to a study appearing in the July issue of Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association.
Adequate folic acid has also been shown to lower levels of the protein building block homocysteine.
That study was not designed to show whether folic acid had any benefit in preventing dementia.
www.alz.org /news/05q3/081205.asp   (467 words)

  
 MedlinePlus: Folic Acid
Folic Acid Fortification May Be Linked to Decrease in Stroke Deaths (03/14/2006, American Heart Association)
Folic Acid (Center for the Evaluation of Risks to Human Reproduction)
Folic Acid for Vascular Outcome Reduction in Transplantation (FAVORIT) (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)
www.nlm.nih.gov /medlineplus/folicacid.html   (212 words)

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