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Folic Acid’s Link to Neural Tube Defects Gains Attention

Folic acid has long been known for drastically reducing the risk of neural tube defects in babies, but new research sheds light on possible consequences of the “if some is good, more is better” approach to supplementation. In a recent study, scientists investigated the effects of moderate folic acid supplementation on reproductive outcomes in mice.  Female mice were fed either folic acid-supplemented or control diets before and during pregnancy. Researchers found that in female mice... Read More
Posted by Elissa Rodriguez at Friday, March 3, 2017

Folic Acid Deficiency Exacerbates Damage From Stroke

Previous studies have linked low folic acid with an increased risk of ischemic stroke (stroke caused by oxygen deprivation) but new research sheds light on how damage occurs. In this animal study, scientists demonstrated that after a stroke, brain tissue is damaged both from lack of oxygen and through the prolonged activation of autophagy, a process whose function is to degrade dysfunctional parts of a cell. When folic acid is deficient, autophagy is accelerated to the point where nerve cells... Read More
Posted by Elissa Rodriguez at Tuesday, January 24, 2017