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

B vitamins are CRUCIAL to heart health, brain health and eye health

Have you had a conversation with your healthcare provider about B vitamins? If not, it is time to bring them up, because these vitamins are crucial to the health of your heart, brain, and eyes. Vitamin B-complex consists of eight different nutrients, each with essential functions to the body: thiamin (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5), pyridoxine … Continue reading B vitamins are CRUCIAL to heart health, brain health and eye health

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

Widespread folate deficiency in women of childbearing age fuels efforts toward mandatory fortification of flour with the vitamin

Pregnancy is a great time to be alive: A woman is nurturing life in her womb, and the unborn baby’s well-being totally depends on her. However, the U.K.’s National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS) found that more than 90 percent of the women of childbearing age lack folate, a requirement for preventing birth defects and having healthy babies. Because of … Continue reading Widespread folate deficiency in women of childbearing age fuels efforts toward mandatory fortification of flour with the vitamin

Low carb diets like Atkins, Paleo, Keto associated with reduced intake of folic acid, which increases risk of birth defects

Low carbohydrate diets, such as Atkin, Paleo, and Keto, continue to become popular diets today. However, you may want to avoid these diets if you are pregnant or trying to become one as they could raise the risk of having babies with congenital disabilities, particularly neural tube birth defects, according to a study. The study was … Continue reading Low carb diets like Atkins, Paleo, Keto associated with reduced intake of folic acid, which increases risk of birth defects

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

Study: Folic Acid in Early Pregnancy Associated With Reduced Risk of Severe Language Delay in Children

Source: Study: Folic Acid in Early Pregnancy Associated With Reduced Risk of Severe Language Delay in Children by Dr. Edward Group  Pediatricians will tell you how important it is for expectant mothers to take prenatal vitamins during pregnancy. Pregnancy is a time when it’s essential for mothers and their developing babies have access to all the vitamins, … Continue reading Study: Folic Acid in Early Pregnancy Associated With Reduced Risk of Severe Language Delay in Children

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

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 … Continue reading Vitamin B-12 and folic acid prevent memory loss and improve cognition as we age