Posted by: 4pack | May 11, 2009

“Ideal Diet”: Folic Acid (Folate) Should Come From Vegetables And Fruits And Not Supplemented Exclusively

THE BENEFITS OF EATING FRESH AND HEALTHY FOODS WILL CONTINUE TO BE RESEARCHED AND WILL SHOW THAT VEGETABLES AND FRUITS SHOULD BE THE PRIMARY SOURCE OF CERTAIN CRITICAL VITAMINS AND MINERALS…FOLIC ACID (FOLATE) IS ONE OF THEM….

Folic Acid folateMany studies have shown that a folic acid-deficient diet, often caused by a lack of vegetable consumption, can cause significant damage to a person’s DNA, causing favourable conditions for the development of some cancers, especially breast, pancreatic and colon cancer.

Commonly found in vegetables, folic acid can play a significant role in preventing certain cancers.

But a recent study has indicated that high doses of this vitamin (B9) taken as a supplement can increase the risk of prostate cancer.

Just as in day-to-day life, excess when it comes to diet can be just as harmful as not consuming enough of something.

Purified in 1941 by Texas University researchers (using four tonnes of spinach), folic acid has since been considered instrumental in maintaining good health. It’s known benefits are largely tied to the vitamin’s role in our DNA’s function, synthesis and repair.

Many studies have shown that a folic acid-deficient diet, often caused by a lack of vegetable consumption, can cause significant damage to a person’s DNA, causing favourable conditions for the development of some cancers, especially breast, pancreatic and colon cancer.

These results lead to the development of many clinical trials aimed at figuring out if taking supplements containing high doses of folic acid could help reduce the risk of developing certain cancers.

All indications, however, indicate that taking supplements is not a viable way of preventing cancer.

The first sign of a problem came following a 2007 study in which researchers observed that a daily dose of folic acid (1 mg) over a six-month period increased the risk of colorectal adenomas (benign growths), which frequently lead to colorectal cancer.

More recently, the same team of researchers found that this type of supplementation with folic acid also caused a huge increase in risk of other types of cancer as well.

Those results meant that, with 643 men participating in the study, daily doses of folic acid supplements (1 mg) increased the risk of developing prostate cancer by 163%.

On the other hand, those who didn’t receive the supplement saw their risk of prostate cancer diminish, thanks to appropriate folic acid levels obtained through a proper diet.

Simply put, a lack of folic acid in one’s diet, or too much of it, has the same result — an increased risk of cancer.

Keeping that in mind, it is extremely important to include as many food items as possible containing folic acid in our diets.

With the exception of certain situations, such as with pregnant women, taking supplements or multivitamins containing high levels of folic acid is discouraged.

Many food items contain high quantities of folic acid and consuming these items, notably green vegetables and legumes, allow us to maintain the levels of the vitamin needed to stay healthy.

These foods also contain thousands of phytochemicals, which come with their own list of health benefits and can help prevent chronic illnesses and keep our bodies in a general state of balance, effects that are impossible to achieve through supplement use.

Remember health is found in food, not pills.

http://lfpress.ca/newsstand/Today/2009/05/11/9418096-sun.html

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