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Folic acid - deficiency in abundance?

In the morning four tablespoons of oat flakes in muesli with yoghurt and fruit or two slices of mixed rye bread with curd or peanut butter, at noon a good portion (approx. 250 g) of delicious vegetables - according to the season now e.g. cabbage or leek, fennel or corn salad, and in the evening another two slices of mixed rye bread with cheese and a few walnuts, dried figs or an orange already the folic acid requirement is covered,

With a vitamin, which is said to be ingested too little through food, we need it as pills.

The pinch of fresh herbs is valuable
The results of a study published in the American Journal of Nutrition 2002, 76 (4), pp. 758-765 also confirm that we can absorb enough of this vitamin through a “normal diet”. Even a handful of fresh herbs, such as potato soup, provide considerable amounts of the vitamin, which is vital for cell metabolism and blood formation and they say which to protect against cardiovascular diseases.

Always full-fledged
But wouldn’t it be better for health reasons to take an extra vitamin pill? Simple answer: No! With a balanced diet - see above - the tablet has not yet brought any additional benefits that can be substantiated. It is always worth investing in nutritious food, because by nature they supply the complex cocktail of active ingredients - vital substances that are still hidden from science in sufficient quantities we need every day for health and well-being.
Folic acid and B12: no heart protection

Australian researchers found that folic acid and vitamin B12 supplements do not provide protection against coronary heart disease. (British Medical Journal 2003/ 326/ 131-134)
Swedish researchers reported in the 2002/6 issue of the Journal of Nutrition that even those who eat mixed rye bread can do without folic acid-enriched foods.

Author: Brigitte Neumann

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