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#1 » by Luvly31 (β525) » March 5th, 2018, 9:21 am

Hello besties :w': Apparently I started a series on folic acid some days back, and the first series was on what folic acid is all about and it's importance to humans. Okay. And the second series was on the natural source of Folic acid. I'm pretty sure the posts has been helpful to most of us.
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So today I'll be concluding the series on folic acid. And today's post will be based on who should take folic acid ('cos definitely it's for some selected folks), it's deficiency and side effects.

Who should take Folic Acid?

All women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant should consume more folic acid, according to March of Dimes, a research organization focused on preventing deformity and death in newborn infants. They also recommend that women take folic acid before getting pregnant as well as during the first 4 weeks following conception.

Every woman capable of getting pregnant should be taking daily folic acid supplements. Women over the age of 14 years should take 400 micrograms (mcg) per day, and this should increase to 600 mcg during a pregnancy.

Women should maintain a daily intake of 500 mcg while they are lactating.

The online journal PLOS Medicine wrote in 2009 that females who take folic acid supplements for at least 12 months before becoming pregnant
could reduce the risk of having a premature infant by over 50 percent. The researchers concluded:
Preconceptional folate supplementation is associated with a 50 to 70 percent reduction in the incidence of early spontaneous preterm birth."

Folic acid is essential for the growth of the spinal cord in the womb. It is important that an expectant mother consumes enough folic acid during the earliest stages of development.
This is because the spinal cord is one of the first parts of the body to form in the womb.

Deficiency

Folic acid deficiency occurs when not enough folate or folic acid is present in the body.

Aside from anemia and congenital deformities, folic acid deficiency can result in other health problems, including :
> a higher risk of developing clinical depression
> possible problems with memory and brain function
> a higher risk of potentially developing allergic diseases
> a higher potential long-term risk of lower bon density

The Medical Journal of Australia advised in January 2011 that the prevalence of folate deficiency in the country had dropped considerably since introducing the compulsory fortification of wheat flour in breadmaking.


Deficiency anemia

Individuals can develop folic acid deficiency anemia if they do not consume enough folic acid.
As folate is important for producing and maintaining red blood cells, inadequate levels can mean that there are not enough red blood cells to supply the body with a healthy level of oxygen.

This condition can appear in people who require higher quantities of folate and are not taking supplements, such as women who are pregnant and lactating.

Folic acid deficiency anemia can occur in people with underlying conditions, such as sickle cell anemia. It can also affect people with conditions that affect folate absorption. Alcohol abuse or kidney disease can reduce the ability of the body to effectively absorb folate.

Some medications, such as those used for treating rheumatoid arthritis, cancer , and seizures, may increase the risk of folic acid deficiency anemia.

The signs and symptoms of folic acid deficiency disease include:
fatigue
feeling weak
sores around the mouth
memory and cognition difficulties
irritable mood
loss of appetite
weight loss

People with folic acid deficiency anemia are given folic acid pills for daily use . Once folate levels return to normal, the body can produce enough blood cells to allow normal function.

Side effects

There are no serious side effects when taking folic acid. In rare cases, individuals report an
upset stomach .
Even if a person takes more folate than needed, there is no cause for concern. Because folic acid is water-soluble, any excess will be naturally passed in urine.

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#2 » by eMade (f) Premium (β40576) » March 5th, 2018, 10:56 am

Luvly31 wrote:Who should take Folic Acid?

All women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant should consume more folic acid, according to March of Dimes, a research organization focused on preventing deformity and death in newborn infants. They also recommend that women take folic acid before getting pregnant as well as during the first 4 weeks following conception.

Thanks for these valuable info for women. :clap:
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#3 » by Luvly31 (β525) » March 5th, 2018, 11:13 am

eMade wrote:
Luvly31 wrote:Who should take Folic Acid?

All women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant should consume more folic acid, according to March of Dimes, a research organization focused on preventing deformity and death in newborn infants. They also recommend that women take folic acid before getting pregnant as well as during the first 4 weeks following conception.

Thanks for these valuable info for women. :clap:


You are most welcome. :hi:

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#4 » by Glenda2244 (β4) » March 2nd, 2019, 8:13 pm

Great post! Thanks! I took folic acid during both pregnancies, and it was prescribed by my doctor. I never use meds without prescription and I always read the descriptions of them on canadapharmacy.com. Folic acid is necessary for everyone and it is important to control its level.

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#5 » by polish_bear_65 (β4) » August 2nd, 2019, 10:20 am

That is quite a report. Since it looks like you've done your research, let me ask you a question. This whole situation with prices on medicine has blown out of proportion.

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#6 » by ed_ten_72 (β2) » August 8th, 2019, 11:41 am

Glenda2244 wrote:Great post! Thanks! I took folic acid during both pregnancies, and it was prescribed by my doctor. I never use meds without prescription and I always read the descriptions of them on canadapharmacy.com. Folic acid is necessary for everyone and it is important to control its level.

All right. Finally I got one. Tell me, oh mighty wizard, is it possible to buy at one of these joints prescription drugs? I'm sick and tired of being scammed every time I visit local CVS. I once saw a comparison chart. Drugs in Canada cost 20-90% less??? How is it possible? Does our government simply want to eradicate all elder or weak. It sure looks like some sort of a genocide against own people.

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