Addressing the safety of high folate levels in the older population and implications for fortification in Ireland
(Trinity College Dublin) A new study from The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) at Trinity College challenges claims from some international scientific circles, that having high blood levels of folate (folic acid) increases the risk of poor cognition in older adults, especially in those with low levels of vitamin B12. On the contrary the study found that having higher folate seemed to be associated with better cognitive function in these older adults. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - June 15, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

AHA News: Prenatal Folic Acid May Increase Blood Pressure at High Doses
MONDAY, May 11, 2020 (American Heart Association News) -- Women who take high-dose folic acid supplements from pre-pregnancy through mid-pregnancy might increase their risk for potentially dangerous high blood pressure, according to new... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - May 11, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

How Much Breast Milk Does a Lactating Woman Make?
Discussion Each person needs to eat the right about of healthy foods to maintain a healthy body. This varies based on gender, age, activity, healthy problems, or health status. Healthy women who are moderately active and not pregnant or lactating need about 1800-2000 calories/day. Pregnant women are advised to keep the calories the same in the first trimester (about 1800 calories/day), increase ~200-300 (about 2200 calories/day)in the second trimester, and then increase ~300-400 in third trimester (about 2400 calories/day). The increase in calories should be met by a normally balanced and varied diet. When pregnant or br...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - May 11, 2020 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Pediatric Education Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Your Body ’s First Responders
B vitamins aren’t glamourous… With the exception of vitamin B12, you may not be familiar with what the other B vitamins do. That can be a problem. B vitamins are critical nutrients for your immune system. And you may think you’re getting enough when you’re not. If you read ingredient labels, you often see B vitamins listed. The packaging may even say, “fortified with B vitamins.” But these are not really vitamins at all. They are “chemical copies” that have no real nutritional value. Today, I’ll show you how B vitamins help you beat infections and how to get the b...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - May 6, 2020 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Dr.A.Sears Tags: Health Source Type: news

Antioxidant supplements do not improve male fertility, NIH study suggests
Men in the study received an antioxidant supplement with vitamins C, E and D, selenium, l-carnitine, zinc, folic acid and lycopene. (Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases)
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases - February 28, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Folic Acid/Zinc Supplements Fail to Boost Fertility in Men
Dietary supplementation with folic acid and zinc does not improve fertility in men and may produce unwanted gastrointestinal symptoms, new research has found. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 23, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

MRI links lead exposure, family income to brain development
Despite bans on leaded gasoline and lead-based paint, areas of high lead exposure...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: How does chemo during pregnancy affect child development? Targeted MRI signal could provide insights to psychosis MRI brain scans show benefits of prenatal folic acid MRI of cortical folds may help predict psychosis MRI shows how life events can age the brain (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - January 14, 2020 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

No association between zinc and folic acid supplements and sperm quality
Zinc and folic acid supplements reported to have no beneficial effect on fertility or sperm quality in men, according to a study published inJAMA.MedPageToday (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - January 8, 2020 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Male infertility got no boost from zinc, folic acid in study
Zinc and folic acid have been touted as helping male fertility, but a rigorous government-led study says they don't (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - January 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Folic Acid, Zinc Supplements in Men No Benefit in Infertility
TUESDAY, Jan. 7, 2020 -- For couples seeking infertility treatment, folic acid and zinc supplementation compared with placebo for male partners does not significantly improve semen quality or live birth rates, according to a study published in the... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - January 7, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Taking folic acid and zinc supplements to boost male fertility has NO effect
Researchers gave American men struggling to have a baby either a supplement of placebo. The number of men who had a baby did not differ between the two groups. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Zinc, folic acid supplement does not improve male fertility, NIH study suggests
Dietary supplements containing zinc and folic acid are often marketed as a treatment for male infertility. (Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases)
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases - January 7, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Male Fertility Supplements Fail to Deliver
TUESDAY, Jan. 7, 2020 -- Supplements containing zinc and folic acid don't appear to boost male fertility, a new study finds. Despite marketing claims, these supplements don't improve pregnancy rates, sperm counts or sperm function, researchers... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - January 7, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Zinc, folic acid supplements fail to enhance male fertility
(University of Utah Health) Zinc and folic acid, a pair of dietary supplements long touted as an effective treatment for male infertility, failed to improve pregnancy rates, sperm counts, and sperm potency in a new study conducted at University of Utah Health and other medical centers in conjunction with the National Institutes of Health. According to the researchers, the finding presents the most definitive evidence to date that so-called fertility supplements do not live up expectations. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 7, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Trial examines effect of folic acid, zinc supplementation in male partners of couples seeking infertility treatment
(JAMA Network) This randomized clinical trial examined the effects of daily folic acid and zinc supplementation in men on semen quality and live births among 2,300 couples planning infertility treatment. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - January 7, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Putting folic acid in flour in Britain will save 400 babies each year, scientists say
Hundreds of babies are needlessly dying every year or left with lifelong disabilities because successive governments have failed to make food firms add folic acid to flour, say top scientists. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Folate in Young Women With Epilepsy: Start Early, Remind Often Folate in Young Women With Epilepsy: Start Early, Remind Often
A new epilepsy outcomes study showed that black women are half as likely to take folic acid as women in other racial groups, but more likely to have unplanned pregnancies and pregnancy complications.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - December 17, 2019 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Folate vs. folic acid: What to know
Folate and folic acid are forms of vitamin B-9. Folate occurs naturally in a range of foods, while folic acid is synthetic and present in fortified foods. Both are important for pregnancy. Learn more here. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - December 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nutrition / Diet Source Type: news

Pharma companies seek hike in drug rates under price control
Chinese API imports turn 200% costlier, making production costlier in India. Over 70% of the country ’s total bulk drug requirement comes from China. These bulk drugs or active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) are used in producing medicines, including essential items like antibiotics, vitamins and folic acid. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - December 12, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Cochrane systematic review informs WHO guidelines, policy
Originally published in the Cornell ChronicleFolate is an essential B-vitamin that is needed for DNA synthesis and cell division. Folate deficiency can lead to anemia, and deficiency early in pregnancy can lead to neural tube defects – birth defects of the brain, spine and spinal cord, including spina bifida.A Cochrane systematic review on the benefits and safety of fortifying wheat or maize flour with folic acid and population health outcomes, led by scientists in the  Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell, found that fortification with folic acid (the synthetic form of folate) may improve folate sta...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - December 10, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

Vitamin B12 deficiency: Feeling this sensation in the chest could mean pernicious anaemia
VITAMIN B12 is one of the main "raw materials" needed to build the healthy red blood cell; the other is folate or folic acid. In order to make healthy red blood cells that can carry oxygen around the body a person needs adequate levels of B12. Feeling this sensation in your chest is a warning sign of pernicious anaemia. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - December 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Folate (vitamin B9) deficiency anemia: Causes, symptoms, risk factors, treatment and prevention
(Natural News) Folate, often referred to as folic acid or vitamin B9, is an essential nutrient found in many green leafy vegetables and fresh fruits. It plays a critical role in various bodily processes, such as producing red blood cells, as well as creating and repairing DNA. Not getting enough folate could lead to unwanted health complications, one... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Class 3 medicines recall: Folic acid tablets 5mg
Accord-UK Ltd has advised of an issue related to decommissioning of a batch of folic acid tablets BP 5mg. Upon decommissioning at the pharmacy, there have been reports stating that when scanning the s (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - November 18, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Recurrent Aphthous Stomatitis as a Result of Zinc Deficiency
Conclusion: Zinc deficiency should be considered and investigated as part of the diagnostic process of RAS. A simple blood test may aid in correct diagnosis and complete resolution of this recurring condition rather than constant prescription of certain medicines to suppress the symptoms. (Source: Dental Technology Blog)
Source: Dental Technology Blog - October 23, 2019 Category: Dentistry Source Type: news

NIH-funded study suggests high lead levels during pregnancy linked to child obesity
Folic acid may lower risk of being obese or overweight. (Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases)
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases - October 2, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Vitamins for Depression
In trying to cope with the debilitating symptoms of depression, people often turn to vitamins, supplements, herbs, or home remedies first. And it’s no wonder — such efforts to alleviate symptoms are often far less expensive and easier to obtain. For some, it may be a part of their rationalization that their depression “isn’t all that bad,” if it can be treated with vitamins and supplements. Many people find relief in taking vitamins and supplements for depression. It is also one of the most well-researched topics, so we know what the science has to say about the efficacy of such treatments. Bu...
Source: Psych Central - September 3, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Authors: John M. Grohol, Psy.D. Tags: Depression Diet & Nutrition General Medications Miscellaneous Drugs supplements for depression vitamins for depression Source Type: news

Hopeful fathers should be taking folic acid ahead of their partner's pregnancy
New research from Harvard Medical School in the U.S. and Navarra University in Spain suggests that men with higher levels of the vitamin have healthier babies. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Superdrug recalls orange-flavoured pregnancy vitamins
UK high street retailer Superdrug has recalled its own products and acknowledged the 200mcg of folic acid they contain falls short of the 400mcg recommended by the NHS to prevent spina bifida. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 30, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Folic acid reduces risk of neural tube defects linked to HIV drug dolutegravir
(Baylor College of Medicine) HIV drug doluteglavir interferes with the binding of folate to its receptor, thus promoting neural tube defects. Folic acid supplementation can mitigate the risk of the medication in an animal model. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - July 23, 2019 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Supplements and Diets for Heart Health Show Limited Proof of Benefit
Some supplements may actually be harmful for cardiovascular health. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - July 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Anahad O ’Connor Tags: Diet and Nutrition Dietary Supplements and Herbal Remedies Vitamins Salt Iron (Nutrient) Heart Blood Pressure Oils and Fats Omega-3 Fatty Acids Preventive Medicine Folic Acid Source Type: news

Most supplements offer no real benefit, some might increase risks
Reducing salt and increasing omega-3 and folic acid might reduce risk of particular outcomes Related items fromOnMedica WHO dietary fat guidance fails to consider crucial evidence Coronary heart disease remains UK ’s biggest killer Vitamin D supplements do not confer cardiovascular protection Type 2 diabetes in 10 times more young people than realised Sweetened drinks greater risk for poor glycaemic control (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 9, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Podcast: Antioxidants for male subfertility
As well as strategies that are focused mainly on the woman, interventions to help couples to become pregnant include some to directly help men who are subfertile and those targeting men where the couple has unexplained subfertility. One of the Cochrane Reviews with this focus on men looks at giving them oral supplementation with antioxidants, and new evidence was added to this in March 2019. We asked Rebecca Mackenzie ‐Proctor from the Auckland City Hospital in New Zealand to bring us to up-to-date..Many cases of male subfertility are thought to be due to the damaging effects of oxidative stress on sperm, with some estim...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - June 26, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Lydia Parsonson Source Type: news

Medical News Today: How does methotrexate affect pregnancy?
It is not safe to take methotrexate during pregnancy. The drug affects folic acid levels in the body and can lead to birth abnormalities. In this article, we look at the effects of taking methotrexate during conception or pregnancy, how to stay safe, and alternative medications. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - June 25, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Rheumatoid Arthritis Source Type: news

Pregnant women are overdoing it on folic acid and not getting enough of most other key nutrients
Pregnant women take prenatal vitamins to ensure they and their developing babies are healthy, but a third get too much folate and 10% are short on other vitamins, a Purdue University study found. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Adding Folic Acid to Corn Masa Flour May Prevent Birth Defects
When consumed by women before and during pregnancy, folic acid, a B vitamin, may help prevent neural tube defects (NTDs). (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - June 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: FDA Source Type: news

Adding folic acid to flour: public asked views
Plans to add folic acid to flour in the UK could prevent up to 200 birth defects a year, according to government public health advisors who have launched a consultation to get views on their proposal to add folic acid to flour. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - June 14, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Folic acid: Consultation starts on plan to fortify flour
The government is consulting on the plan, aimed at preventing birth defects such as spina bifida. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - June 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Plans to add folic acid to flour unveiled
Experts want to boost consumption to prevent birth defects Related items fromOnMedica Doctors demand action on drinking in pregnancy UK failure to fortify flour with folic acid has caused 2,000+ cases of neural tube defect Artificial sweeteners in pregnancy linked to fatter babies Scans show severe brain damage in Zika-affected babies Poor nutrition in pregnancy ages baby ’s heart (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - June 13, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Folic acid supplement: Sign in your mouth that you may need to take the supplements
SUPPLEMENTS have been used for many years to make up for a lack of vitamins and minerals found in everyday foods. A sign in your mouth could mean you are deficient in folic acid, and taking supplement could help reduce the symptoms. Have you got this gum disorder? (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - June 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How does chemo during pregnancy affect child development?
Chemotherapy performed on women during pregnancy could adversely affect long-term...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: MRI brain scans show benefits of prenatal folic acid Fetal MRI can spot early brain abnormality MRI shows maternal depression meds affect babies' brains MRI links blood flow to brain development in preterm babies MRI scans during 1st trimester of pregnancy are safe (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - May 21, 2019 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Google Celebrates Lucy Wills, Who Found a Simple Solution to Improve the Health of Pregnant Women Everywhere
The pioneering English hematologist Lucy Wills, whose research into women’s health during pregnancy changed the lives of millions around the globe, was celebrated in Friday’s Google Doodle. Wills conducted research into prenatal macrocytic anaemia in India in the 1920s and 1930s, where pregnant textile workers in Bombay were suffering from the condition. She hypothesized that the condition, which causes red blood cells to become enlarged and can be life-threatening, was related to the diets of those affected. After feeding monkeys with the condition the popular yeasty breakfast spread Marmite, she observed tha...
Source: TIME: Science - May 10, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Billy Perrigo Tags: Uncategorized Google onetime Source Type: news

Daily folic acid supplement may reduce risk of gestational diabetes
NIH study suggests supplement that reduces risk of birth defects may also have maternal health benefit. (Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases)
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases - April 30, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Folic Acid Tablets, USP (New - Discontinuation)
Drug Shortage (Source: FDA Drug Shortages)
Source: FDA Drug Shortages - April 19, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

High Rates of B Vitamin Deficiency in Teens With Mental Illness High Rates of B Vitamin Deficiency in Teens With Mental Illness
Vitamin B9 and B12 deficiency is a neglected problem in child and, in particular, adolescent psychiatric patients that may have developmental consequences, a large-scale study shows.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - April 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Folic Acid (Folic Acid) - new on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - March 22, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Vitamania: should we all be popping vitamin pills? – Science Weekly podcast
With almost half of British adults taking a daily vitamin,Graihagh Jackson and guests examine our love of supplements - including recent announcments about fortifying flour with folic acidAlmost half of adults in Britain take vitamins every day and wespend more on supplements than painkillers. This spring, the government will discuss whether to fortify flour with folic acid. The aim of the proposal is to prevent birth defects such as spina bifida by increasing folate intake in pregnant women.Graihagh Jackson looks atthe history of vitamins withDr Salim Al-Gailanifrom the University of Cambridge, discusses the forthcoming g...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 22, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Presented and produced by Graihagh Jackson Tags: Food science Diets and dieting Health & wellbeing Source Type: news

Kidney disease hits 850 million people
Diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure contributing to growing world burden Related items fromOnMedica Higher cancer risk from chronic diseases High-dose folic acid doesn ’t prevent pre-eclampsia Doubt over health benefits of non-sugar sweeteners Millions miss out on vital diabetes health checks Hospital transport service fails kidney patients (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - March 14, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Folic Acid in Early Pregnancy May Reduce Autism Recurrence (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Suggestive association between folic acid supplementation in early pregnancy and lower risk of autism in high-risk families (Source: MedPage Today Neurology)
Source: MedPage Today Neurology - March 7, 2019 Category: Neurology Source Type: news