Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Folic acid vs Folate
Clearly, it’s important to get adequate amounts of folate in the diet; but folic acid, which is the supplement form found in many fortified foods, and in multi-vitamins and prenatal vitamins, is an entirely different beast. Simply put, it is not a good idea to supplement with folic acid:
1. A Norwegian study published last month found that heart-disease patients whose diets included folic acid fortification and supplementation were 43% more likely to die of cancer.
2. Another study found that while whole-food folate consumption was not associated with any increased risks, folic acid supplementation increased breast cancer risk by 32%.
3. Equally alarming is the study that found that folic acid supplementation by pregnant women increases the risk of childhood asthma by 26%.
4. Still other studies have linked folic acid supplementation to prostate and colorectal cancers.
Copyright © 2010, by Mitra Ray, Ph.D.
Eat foods high in folate and take Juice Plus with naturally occurring God made folate from plant sources!!! Anyone who wants the pdf explaining this, with the list of studies mentioned above, can email me for it.
Foods that are naturally good sources of folate include many beans and vegetables and some fruits:
Great Northern beans