There is a difference between folate and folic acid. Real folate* from food is protective, fake, synthetic folate from supplements may be dangerous. I read this article by Dr. Fuhrman, found it very interesting and wanted to share it with you:
“Folic acid in multivitamins is linked to breast cancer
Women who take conventional multivitamins may be endangering their health. A 9 year study in Sweden found that women who took multivitamins were actually more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer. Why? The researchers think that it could be the high dose of folic acid found in most multivitamins.
Folic acid is the synthetic form of folate, one of the B vitamins. Natural folate, abundant in green vegetables, is known for preventing neural tube defects during early pregnancy, and is also important for immune function, cardiovascular health, and cancer prevention. Taking synthetic folic acid is not the same as getting natural folate from plant foods.
The body processes folate and folic acid differently. Real folate from food is protective, fake folate from supplements may be dangerous. Not enough natural folate and too much folic acid both increase risk.
Folic acid may disrupt the normal actions of natural folate, resulting in increased risk of several cancers, breast cancer included – and Americans are consuming more folic acid than ever before. Between conventional multivitamins and mandatory fortification of refined grain products (white rice, white flour, etc.), Americans are exposed to excessive amounts of folic acid on a daily basis. Many scientists have expressed concern that this excess folic acid poses serious risks of cancer to the population.6-9 Most people (including most physicians) are completely unaware that these issues and risks exist; and this ignorance can be dangerous.”
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Folate, also known as Vitamin B9, is a water-soluble B vitamin with many rich natural sources. A deficiency of folate can lead to anemia in adults and slower development in children. For pregnant women, folate is especially important for proper fetal development.
Foods high in folate are:
Yeast extract, lentils (1 cup= 90%DV), asparagus (1 cup=65% of DV), beans, spinach, dark leafy greens, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, avocado, papaya, citrus fruits, seeds & nuts.
By Åsa Paul-Johansson
On the Lime – Raw Foods
Fort Lauderdale are, Florida