A folate deficiency puts you at risk of several diseases, research finds

Folate, also referred to as vitamin B9 or folic acid, is an essential nutrient obtained from many fruits and green leafy vegetables. Not getting enough of this B vitamin can lead to many health problems. One of these is fragile X syndrome, according to a study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). … Continue reading A folate deficiency puts you at risk of several diseases, research finds

Understanding how B vitamins help improve brain, heart health

The risks of cardiovascular disease and cognitive decline increase with age, but that doesn’t mean that these problems can’t be prevented. Older people can avoid suffering from these conditions by adhering to a healthy diet and taking supplements that contain B vitamins. An article published on the website NaturalHealth365.com discussed how B vitamins, such as vitamin B9 (folate), vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), and vitamin B12 … Continue reading Understanding how B vitamins help improve brain, heart health

Study: Folic acid is “a very promising vitamin” for erectile dysfunction

One health issue that’s rarely talked about, despite its prevalence, is erectile dysfunction (ED). In the U.S., the condition affects over 30 million men – most of whom are older adults. While ED is commonly seen in older men, it’s important to note that it’s not due to the normal aging process. Erectile dysfunction is a condition in … Continue reading Study: Folic acid is “a very promising vitamin” for erectile dysfunction

Folic acid deficiencies are widespread; here’s why nearly everyone needs more folate

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 considering becoming … Continue reading Folic acid deficiencies are widespread; here’s why nearly everyone needs more folate

5 Health Benefits of Sunflower Seeds

Source: 5 Health Benefits of Sunflower Seeds by Dr. Edward Group Sunflower seeds — great at the ballpark, helpful during a long drive, and a native plant to North America that has become a staple to cultures worldwide. Despite their small size, sunflower seeds are a dense source of vitamins and minerals and essential oils. Not … Continue reading 5 Health Benefits of Sunflower Seeds

Depression in men linked to folic acid deficiency

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 yeast cultures). Folic acid … Continue reading Depression in men linked to folic acid deficiency

Folate and vitamin B12 treat schizophrenia symptoms

Schizophrenia is a disabling brain disorder characterized by the inability to tell reality from imagination, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Symptoms are broken down into two types called "positive symptoms," which include hallucinations and delusions, and "negative symptoms" which include social withdrawal, apathy, and a lack of emotional expressiveness. While drugs have been found … Continue reading Folate and vitamin B12 treat schizophrenia symptoms