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Depression Won't Go Away? Folate Could Be The Answer

Depression Won't Go Away? Folate Could Be The Answer | Folic Acid News | Scoop.it
This B-Vitamin may determine your risk and how you'll respond to antidepressants
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Folate (also known as B-9) is a vitamin that is necessary for, among other things, the formation of red blood cells, protein metabolism, cell growth and division, and prevention of neural tube defects. In addition to anemia and other health problems, folate deficiency may lead to the development of major depressive disorder (MDD).

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8 Health Benefits of Consuming Parsnip

8 Health Benefits of Consuming Parsnip | Folic Acid News | Scoop.it
Parsnip is rich in folate and vitamin B9. It helps women who suffer from the condition of blood loss or anemia. It is also rich in RNA, which benefits women during pregnancy. It also helps to prevent the condition of anemia in pregnancy.
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"10 Foods That Increase Intelligence" ........ Which ones do you regularly have??

"10 Foods That Increase Intelligence" ........ Which ones do you regularly have?? | Folic Acid News | Scoop.it

There are many foods which are good for our health and there are also several which can actually give your brain power a little boost. So, if you are looking to increase your intellectual performance then continue reading to discover 10 foods that increase intelligence.

 

The brain is one of the most hungriest organ in the human body, it consumes ten times more than other organs and uses up at least 20% of your daily calorie in-take.

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Deficiency in FOLIC ACID also linked to Restless Leg Syndrome!!??

Deficiency in FOLIC ACID also linked to Restless Leg Syndrome!!?? | Folic Acid News | Scoop.it

Restless legs syndrome


Warning signs: An uncontrollable urge to move your legs, which worsens at night.

How it stops sleep: Doctors don’t know exactly what causes restless legs syndrome, but the need to twitch can prevent sufferers from falling asleep, while muscle jerks can also wake or partially rouse you from deep sleep.

 

This means many of the UK’s 10 million sufferers wake up exhausted in the morning without realising the cause.

 

Treat it: Make sure you’re getting enough iron and folic acid, as deficiencies in both have been linked to restless leg syndrome.

 

Red meat, spinach, and other leafy greens are good sources of both nutrients.

 

Leg massages to boost circulation and calf-stretching exercises before bed can help, while medication, including anticonvulsants and dopamine agonists (normally used for Parkinson’s disease in much higher doses), can help severe cases.

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Did YOU know Coconut water contains folate (B9) that helps your body create new cells.....?

Did YOU know Coconut water contains folate (B9) that helps your body create new cells.....? | Folic Acid News | Scoop.it

Coconut water is great post-workout, because it delivers vitamins that aid in recovery, including C and B vitamins. Vitamin C boosts your immune system; folate (B9) helps your body create new cells; and vitamin B6 helps build muscle by producing amino acids.

 

Often referred to as nature's sports drink, coconut water is becoming a popular choice among athletes. But does it live up to the hype? And what are its benefits?


As we all know, hydration is critical for everyone, but especially for active individuals with a high sweat rate. Water is still the primary recommendation for fluid intake; however, athletes working at extremely high intensity levels can benefit from additional hydration sources, including coconut water. (See Elements of Proper Hydration.)

 

Whenever you try something new, you should start out in a safe environment, such as a practice setting as opposed to a game day. Just like with physical training, you have to see what fueling choices work best for your body. Make sure you like the taste of the foods and drinks you choose and that you are able to digest them easily.

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"If there's a chance you might get pregnant......make sure you're getting enough folic acid!"

"If there's a chance you might get pregnant......make sure you're getting enough folic acid!" | Folic Acid News | Scoop.it

Folic acid is a vitamin that's essential for the healthy development of a baby. If you're planning a pregnancy or there's a chance that you might get pregnant you should make sure you're getting enough folic acid.

 

Our friends at the charity Shine have put together this handy guide to everything you need to know about folic acid.

 

Folic acid is one of the B group of vitamins (B9). It plays an important part in everyone’s diet, as it is responsible for cell growth and development. However, it becomes even more important for women prior to, and during the early stages of, pregnancy.

 

The NHS recommends that women who might become pregnant should take 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid daily.

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Pregnant women should eat plenty of eggs .....

Pregnant women should eat plenty of eggs ..... | Folic Acid News | Scoop.it

Pregnant women should eat plenty of eggs and lean meat to reduce their unborn child’s risk of high blood pressure and mental health problems in adulthood, researchers claim.

 

A nutrient called choline, which is found in meat, eggs, beans and broccoli, could lower the risk of the children developing stress-related illnesses and chronic conditions later in life.

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"Giving birth to a sick child is a nightmare of every woman." - Must-Read for Every Woman!

"Giving birth to a sick child is a nightmare of every woman." - Must-Read for Every Woman! | Folic Acid News | Scoop.it

Giving birth to a sick child is a nightmare of every woman. Spina bifida is a neural tube defect that is caused by incomplete closing of the embryonic neural tube (1). Anencephaly is another neural tube defect where the cephalic (head) end of the neural tube fails to close (here is the link to Wikipedia article about anencephaly, but if you are sensitive you might choose not to go there). Neural tube defects can leave an infant with brain damage and paralysis. It is absolutely heart-breaking!

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Being rich in folic acid, green peas are recommended items 4 the pregnant women!

Being rich in folic acid, green peas are recommended items 4 the pregnant women! | Folic Acid News | Scoop.it

For being rich in folic acid, green peas are recommended items for the pregnant women. Many other B complex vitamins like niacin and thiamine are also present in them. The consumers of these seeds are known to have proper blood cell synthesis. Anemia is one issue that peas can deal with.

 

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Use YOUR loaf - Folic Acid "...may help you steer clear of low moods."

Use YOUR loaf - Folic Acid "...may help you steer clear of low moods." | Folic Acid News | Scoop.it
Tackling low moods

We need folate, or folic acid, for healthy nerves. As well as helping reduce the risk of babies being born with spina bifida. This B vitamin may help you steer clear of low moods. Upping our intakes, can help to lift us out of the dumps.

 

Wholemeal, brown and white breads all give us folate but the best type for  boosting intakes are seeded versions with 31 micrograms.

 

Women of child-bearing age should have 400 micrograms daily — so four slices  of seeded bread

will provide over a quarter of their needs.

 

In America, bread is fortified with folic acid to help women achieve these  intakes, but Europe has not yet followed suit.

Read more: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/woman/health/health/4500581/Use-your-loaf-and-eat-more-bread-the-new-healthy-superfood.html#ixzz25ahFZnUW

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Marmite is labelled 'cure all' spread by researchers

Marmite is labelled 'cure all' spread by researchers | Folic Acid News | Scoop.it

BOOSTS BRAINPOWER: Marmite is rich in vitamin B12 and folic acid,  which  can improve both the short and long-term memory.

 

US researchers asked 700 people aged 60 to 74 to take a daily dose of either folic acid and vitamin B12 or a placebo. After two years, those who took the  vitamins had better scores on memory tests.

 

Read more: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/woman/health/health/4507404/As-Marmite-helps-fight-off-bugs-like-MRSA-we-look-at-benefits-of-the-spread.html#ixzz25abNXEbR

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Look at you now!

Look at you now! | Folic Acid News | Scoop.it

Michelle Wall, 40,  and her husband Robert found out 12 weeks into her pregnancy that their unborn son had been diagnosed with spina bifida and hydrocephalus.

This meant that he would be paralysed from the chest down and there was a high chance that he would die.

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Cauliflower contains vitamin B9 (folic acid)

Cauliflower contains vitamin B9 (folic acid) | Folic Acid News | Scoop.it

Cauliflower contains vitamins like vitamins B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid), B6 (pyridoxine) and B9 (folic acid), minerals and disease-fighting phytochemicals.It is a good source of fiber, proteins, phosphorus ...

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Good Diet - Better Future Pregnancy?

Good Diet - Better Future Pregnancy? | Folic Acid News | Scoop.it
Folic acid is the only element of spina bifida that you can control. There are other factors that cause the condition - genetics and the environment being two others. As such it is unlikely that this birth defect may ever be eradicated.
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Go Folic! calls on all women who might become pregnant to take folic acid each day, asrecommended by the NHS because it helps prevent birth defects such as spina bifida.The more people who come on board with our campaign, the more chance future babies have of being born healthy.

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Folic Acid in more detail: "...there are some natural food sources of folate available as well."

Folic Acid in more detail: "...there are some natural food sources of folate available as well." | Folic Acid News | Scoop.it

Folate or Folic Acid is widely available in supplemental form; however, there are some natural food sources of folate available as well. Leafy green vegetables and citrus fruits are the most common food sources of folate.

 

Additionally, foods such as bread and various cereals are fortified with supplementary folic acid. You may want to consider your folate intake because “folate is needed to make DNA and RNA, the building blocks of cells.

 

It also helps prevent changes to DNA that may lead to cancer,” according to the Office of Dietary Supplements, “Both adults and children need folate to make normal red blood cells and prevent anemia.

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Vitamin B9, the Difference Between Folate and Folic Acid

Vitamin B9, the Difference Between Folate and Folic Acid | Folic Acid News | Scoop.it

However, there are two major differences between Folate and Folic Acid. Folic Acid is the synthetic, or man-made, form of the nutrient, while Folate is the naturally occuring version.

 

While in most cases when talking about a nutrient the natural occuring version is usually the better choice, in the case of Vitamin B9, Folic Acid is superior because it is much more easily absorbed into the body by the small intestines. You need to eat nearly ten times the amount of Folate as Folic Acid to have the same amount of the nutrient absorbed by the body.

 

The naturally occuring Folate mainly comes from leafy vegetables and peas. Folic Acid, the synthetic version of Vitamin B9, is usually found as an additive to bread and cereals.

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Folic acid is Vitamin B that helps in the production of red blood cell and its division.

Folic acid is Vitamin B that helps in the production of red blood cell and its division. | Folic Acid News | Scoop.it

All pregnant women are advised to take certain things for a healthy pregnancy. One of them is folic acid. Folic acid is beneficial as it is essential for the performance of many functions of the body. Pregnant ladies need folic acid to stay healthy and it plays a significant role for the growing babies in the uterus.


Folic acid is Vitamin B that helps in the production of red blood cell and its division. The problem of anemia is prevented by the intake of folic acid. The lack of folic acid in the body may lead to some serious birth defects like Spina bifida and. In spina bifida, the incomplete development of the spinal cord or the vertebrae take place and in the anencephaly, incomplete development of major parts of the brain takes place.

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"..birth defects such as spina bifida can be reduced by 31% to 58% when flour is mixed with folic acid.."

"..birth defects such as spina bifida can be reduced by 31% to 58% when flour is mixed with folic acid.." | Folic Acid News | Scoop.it

The enrichment of bread with folic acids can reduce birth defects in babies by up to 60 percent, studies shown at the European Health Forum Gastein (EHFG) on Wednesday have revealed.

 

Scott Montgomery, Director of the Flour Fortification Initiative (FFI) , said at the Forum in Salzburg that central nervous system-related birth defects such as spina bifida can be reduced by 31 percent to 58 percent when flour is mixed with folic acid, a B-vitamin.

 

The FFI said Oman was the first country to adopt the measure in 1996, and the practice had since become compulsory in 57 other countries and was optional in others.

 

"Through this at least 22,000 birth defects a year can be prevented, which also saves many countries a lot of consequential costs," Montgomery said, according to an APA report.

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Bread addiditive costing a penny a year could reduce birth defects by 60% - Austrian Independent

Bread addiditive costing a penny a year could reduce birth defects by 60% - Austrian Independent | Folic Acid News | Scoop.it

Fortifying bread sold to the general public with folic acid could reduce the number of birth defects by up to 60 per cent, policymakers convening in Austria for the Gastein Health Forum have been told.

Adding the acid to flour has been shown to substantially reduce the prevalence of neural tube defects such as spina bifida, says Scott Montgomery, Director of the Flour Fortification Initiative.

He told the conference at the four-day forum, where policymakers will mull a range of issues under the theme of "healthcare in an age of austerity" - that that there have been declines of between 31 and 58 per cent in those defects after flour fortification. There was also a drop in health care costs.

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

"Vitamin B-12 and folic acid prevent memory loss and improve cognition as we age...." | Folic Acid News | Scoop.it

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 of daily folic acid and vitamin B-12 promotes improvement in cognitive functioning after a period of two years, particularly in immediate and delayed memory performance. B vitamins are crucial for nerve transmission and are needed in higher amounts as your stress level increases. Health-minded adults will want to ensure that they obtain an optimal daily dose of these important vitamins from diet or supplemental sources.

 

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/034581_vitamin_B-12_folic_acid_memory_loss.html#ixzz27fvvuRVW ;

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Biggest drink of orange juice - world record set by Palagiano

Biggest drink of orange juice - world record set by Palagiano | Folic Acid News | Scoop.it

PALAGIANO, Taranto, Italy -- During the Festival of the Mandarin, more than 100 helpers crushed more than 5,000 lbs of oranges to produce 697 litres of juice-setting the new world record for the Biggest drink of orange juice.

 

One organiser told the Austrian Times: "We had 5,000 spectators who all got a glass of very freshly squeezed orange juice when we'd finished."

 

The mayor of Palagiano, Mr. Rocco Ressa and other 24 jury members had supervised the world record attempt for the Biggest drink of orange juice.

 

PS - Orange juice has FOLIC ACID in it!

 

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Men should consume 350% more vegetables + 150% more fruit than they do now! Including Folic acid (B9)

Men should consume 350% more vegetables + 150% more fruit than they do now! Including Folic acid (B9) | Folic Acid News | Scoop.it

Vitamins play an important role in nutrition and body development. Healthy foods contain lots of vitamins and nutrients. It is true that people just do not get enough vitamins from their daily diet.

According to the latest data, men should consume 350% more vegetables and 150% more fruit than they do now.

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Poorer mothers less likely to take folic acid...............!

Poorer mothers less likely to take folic acid...............! | Folic Acid News | Scoop.it

WOMEN from disadvantaged backgrounds are significantly less likely to take folic acid during their pregnancy.

 

A new Irish study has found that 82pc of women in the highest income group take some form of folic acid before conception, compared with 46pc in the lowest income group.

 

The figures, which are published in the latest edition of the Irish Medical Journal, showed that 73pc of mothers in their early 30s took folic acid before conception, compared to 29pc of mothers aged twenty or less.

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73% of women in early 30's take folic acid B4 conception....just 29% aged 24 yrs or below do!

73% of women in early 30's take folic acid B4 conception....just 29% aged 24 yrs or below do! | Folic Acid News | Scoop.it

The study suggests that among the women from well to do families, 82% of them consume folic acid in some or the other form, before conception. However, only 46% of those from disadvantaged homes take folic acid.The study, published in the latest edition of the Irish Medical Journal, highlighted that those of who in early 30s, 73% of them take folic acid before conception, in comparison to 29% of those ageing 24 years or below.

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Did YOU Know that Apples................also contain vitamin B9???

Did YOU Know that Apples................also contain vitamin B9??? | Folic Acid News | Scoop.it

Apples are rich in nutrients which make it a wonder fruit, let's take a closer look at it nutritional content. Vitamin Rich. Apple is rich in Vitamins like vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B3, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, vitamin B9, vitamin C.

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