Depression in men linked to folic acid deficiency

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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 […]

Folic Acid Does Not Increase Cancer Risk

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You’ve seen the headlines. “Folic Acid Supplements May Increase Colon Cancer Risk in People Over 50” and “Folic Acid Supplements May Increase Prostate Cancer Risk in Men”. And I’ve seen articles telling people over 50 that they should take their multivitamin tablets every other day to avoid getting too much folic acid. Similarly, I’ve heard […]

Can Folic Acid Prevent Autism?

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Author: Dr. Stephen Chaney Could something as simple as adding adequate folic acid to her mother’s diet reduce the risk of autism in her children? According to a recent study (Surenet al., JAMA, 309: 570-577, 2013), the answer may be yes. The data for this study were derived from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort study. It […]

Vitamin D and Children’s Allergies

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Author: Dr. Stephen Chaney The news about folic acid or folate seems to be decided mixed of late, so many of you may be asking whether you should supplement with folate or not.  Let me start first with a review of some of the recent studies, and then I’ll help you put those studies into perspective. […]

Folic Acid and Colon Cancer Revisited

Author: Dr. Stephen Chaney For years we have been told that adequate folic acid intake is important for decreasing the risk of colon cancer.  That is why some of you were so surprised last year when you began reading warnings that folic acid supplementation might actually increase the risk of colon cancer in older people. Some […]