The link between folic acid (folate) deficiency and neural tube defects (NTDs) in newborns was realized in the early 1980s; It is therefore recommended that pregnant women take folic acid supplements during pregnancy to prevent spina bifida. As most women know they are pregnant (usually within weeks or weeks after conception), there is a risk of developing spina bifida. Breads, pasta and cereals in an effort to reduce the incidence of spina bifida and other neural tubal defects (Wikipedia, 2012).
With these interventions, the number of babies born with NTD has decreased. The Centers for Disease Control (2010) estimates that 3,000 babies are born annually with NTD; But 50% to 70% of these could have been prevented if mothers had taken at least 400 mcg of folate supplements during pregnancy.
Recent research has shown that women, overall, are getting enough folate to prevent NTDO, but they are not getting enough to help with other health issues, especially cervical dysplasia (also called “abnormal Pap smear”). )), A precursor to cervical cancer. Dr .. Stanley J. According to Schwarzewski III (2011), 250,000 to 1 million women are diagnosed with cervical dysplasia each year.
What is cervical dysplasia
Cervical dysplasia is a diagnosis that women have an unusual pap smear. When a woman gets a Pap smear, cells from the cervix are removed and sent to a lab for analysis. If they seem abnormal, a diagnosis of cervical dysplasia is made.
While abnormal cervical cells are not harmful, the medical community feels that these cells are a precursor to a woman developing cervical cancer તેમની their presence increases the risk of developing this cancer. According to Dr. Schwartzowski (2011), about 0% of these cases go back to cancer without developing, without becoming an issue.
The usual treatment is another Pap smear in 6 months and have to watch and wait. If cells become cervical cancer in situ (early cancer), then action is taken. It can take up to 10 years to arrive.
What has been overlooked is that folic acid is essential for cervical health.
Folic acid-what is it?
Folic acid, also called folate, is a B-vitamin, B-9 should be specific, but it is not called a B-vitamin; You will see it as folic acid for folate.
One of the properties of folate is that it protects cells from changes in DNA and RNA that can cause cancer. Areas of the body that mimic cells are most at risk for developing cancer; When a cell mimics, it mimics the genetic code of one cell and then creates two. Cancer occurs when this duplication process does not go well. Cells are thought to make an exact copy of themselves; Cancer occurs when cells do not form specific duplicates.
Folic acid ensures that the duplication process is accurate.
The area where the cells have the highest turnover is the cervix. As a note, the gut is also the site of rapid cell turnover; Folate deficiency can lead to inflammatory bowel conditions in people with cervical dysplasia.
Although disease control centers believe that human papillomavirus is the leading cause of cervical cancer (and therefore the HPV vaccine has been developed), those who have folate deficiency even with the vaccine have not had a reduction in cervical dysplasia (Cohen, 2011); This was confirmed in a study published in 2009 Cancer epidemics, biomarkers and prevention (Flatly, 2009)
Causes of folic acid deficiency
Next to iron, folic acid deficiency is the second most common nutrient deficiency in the United States and Canada. As our bodies do not produce folic acid, it must be from the food we eat or through supplements. Before the FDA mandated that food be enriched with folic acid in 1996 (CDC, 2010), there was a major shortage of folate.
Despite the richness of processed foods, folate deficiency rates are still high. Food sources of naturally occurring folate are often not food choices by many families. In addition, both alcohol and tobacco deplete the folate in the body, as do many commonly used medical drugs.
Some common causes of folic acid deficiency:
>> Alcohol and tobacco: Smoking and chewing deplete folic acid in the body; Alcohol also sours folic acid stores, but it also interferes with the absorption of folic acid from the food eaten.
>> Inadequate diet: Folic acid-rich foods are not commonly consumed by Americans, especially liver, spinach, lentils, and Brussels sprouts.
>> MEDICAL DRUGS: Almost every medical drug interferes with the absorption of folate, or it makes it depleted. Antibiotics, antacids or acid-blockers, pain medications (all), birth control pills, diuretics, anti-depressants, anti-anxiety drugs and vidovudine drugs: some classes of drugs that reduce folate or reduce its absorption. This is only a partial list.
>> Deficiency of other B-vitamins: Other B-vitamins are needed to make folate useful in the body. Vitamins B-6 and B-12 are most needed.
Symptoms of deficiency
Deficiency is often classified as “folic acid anemia” because folate is required by red blood cells, and the diagnosis of folic acid deficiency is usually first seen in the blood. Most of the symptoms of folate deficiency are related to blood: dizziness, headache, shortness of breath, heartbeat, weakness, lack of energy and loss of appetite.
As the deficiency worsens, other symptoms appear: irritability, forgetfulness, frustration, confusion, indifference, hostility, paranoia; Throat or red tongue; Elevated homocysteine levels; Diarrhea; And weight loss.
Deficiency of any level can cause neural tube defects in the newborn and increase the risk of cancer.
Dietary source of folate
Folic acid is found in many foods, including asparagus, avocados, beets, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, green leafy vegetables such as spinach, lentils, liver and wheat germ. It is also an additive in many processed foods in “rich” products.
The recommended daily allowance for each age is 400 mcg. For pregnant women, it is recommended to take 1000 mcg (1 mg) daily.
A detrimental side effect of supplements with folic acid is that the urine often turns bright yellow. This does not affect health – it is just a change.
Folic acid is a water-soluble vitamin that does not store well in the body, so it is unlikely that the average person will develop a reaction to folic acid supplementation. However, in people with kidney disease, toxic levels can develop in the form of kidney stones and abdominal cramps.
For people with seizure disorder, taking folate can make seizures worse.
Also, folate for people with pernicil anemia (vitamin B-12 deficiency) may increase the neurological symptoms associated with pernicil anemia.
Do not take any other natural supplements and folic acid supplements without first discussing them with someone who is knowledgeable about medical conditions.
Centers for Disease Control (July 2, 2010) on “Folic Acid Data and Statistics” http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/folicacid/data.html
Cohen, s. (2011) Drugs: What drugs are robbing your body of essential nutrients and natural ways to restore them.. Emmas, PA: Rodley.
Flatly, J.E. et al. Al. (2010). “Folate status and abbreviated DNA methylation are associated with HPV infection and cervical pathogenesis.” Cancer epidemics, biomarkers and prevention, 2009, October October, 18 (10): 2782-89.
Schwarzewski III, SJ (2011) “Cervical Dysplasia” on Health Communities / Certificate- Dysplasia / Overview- of-cervical-dysplasia.shtml
Wikipedia (June 29, 2012) on “Unusual Pap Smear” http://en.wikedia.org/wiki/Neural_tube_defect
Rhonda Behanke Thiss
Homeopathic centers in America
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