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Folic Acid: Friend or Foe?

Folic Acid: Friend or Foe?
We all know that folic acid is an essential vitamin for expecting Mamas in order to grow healthy babies! It is so critical that much of our foods are fortified or ''enriched" with folic acid. Just check the labels of your breads, rice, pasta... you'll most likely find folic acid.  Folic acid prevents severe birth defects including neural tube defects which is why you'll hardly find a prenatal vitamin anywhere without folic acid listed as a key ingredient. It is absolutely undoubtedly essential! It is! Wait... but, what if it isn't? What if it is actually toxic to nearly half of Americans? You see, relatively new to our medical understanding is a sneaky little genetic mutation known as Methylenetetrahydrofolate Reductase... or MTHFR which runs off the tongue a little more easily! Now, I have read that as many as 40% of Americans have this genetic mutation. And one of the key problems that occur with MTHFR is the body's inability to process folic acid.  Folic acid is a synthetic (i.e. man made) form of the naturally occurring vitamin, folate. In the body of someone with MTHFR, folic acid wins out over the folate that we acquire through a healthy diet. So, not only is folic acid blocking the absorption of folate but it is also unrecognized by the body and thus useless. And, not only is it useless but it also turns toxic in the body. And the bodies of those with MTHFR typically do not flush out toxins well....
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Mr. LavidaBaby
Great article my wife! Movin on up!
Monday, 02 June 2014 01:33
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