I have read in several places that it is best to avoid Folic Acid supplementation because it is not a natural form of Folate and has been correlated to negative outcomes in some studies. Some multivitamins have started using alternatives likes Metafolin. But looking at the “Daily Supplement Regimen” question going on now, it looks like this concern of Folic Acid is not very widespread.
Should we avoid Folic Acid or not? How do the alternatives compare?
I don't remember all the sources and links, but I saw this recently:
“Folic acid and iron – two nutrients we regard as dangerous and recommend not supplementing – both elevate mortality, as we would expect.” - Paul Jaminet from here: http://perfecthealthdiet.com/?p=4895
Emily at Evolutionary Pyschiatry did not seem to be a big fan: http://evolutionarypsychiatry.blogspot.com/2011/08/folate-beginning.html
Here are a couple of links I googled: http://www.healthknot.com/folic_acid_studies.html http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2010/Jan/21/il/hawaii1210305.html
Sorry, not an answer, but I couldn't fit it all in the comments.
This is really interesting. I appreciate you bringing it up, Paleo2.0! As a Pregnancy coach, I really need to know about this topic.
So here we have some folks (the ones you referenced) saying folic acid supplementation is potentially dangerous. And it maybe toxic to certain embryos :http://hmg.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2011/06/21/hmg.ddr289.abstract.
And here we have the American Academy of Pediatrics promoting supplementation to prevent neural tube defects as well as stating that dietary folate is not as available as folic acid: http://aappolicy.aappublications.org/cgi/content/full/pediatrics;104/2/325
I've got lots of reading to do!
More study sources would be welcome.
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