Health and Medical Ethics

Benefits Of Folate And Folic Acid

Restless legs syndrome symptoms may be lessened or eliminated by taking methylated folic acid. (Alternative Medicine Review finding).

4. May Decrease Cancer Risk

Cancer study and research is always ongoing as it is a devastating cause of pain and suffering around the world.

Some of that research has to do with folate's role in caner prevention. It turns out there is some evidence that shows folate could aide in the prevention of some types of cancer.

A recent review published by the Department of Medicine at St. Michael's Hospital, showed that individuals with adequate folate levels or those that increased folate intake from food and supplementation could be able to reduce the risk of pancreatic cancer and breast cancer.

Folate intake is also associated with a lower risk of colorectal, esophageal and ovarian cancers according to other research studies.

On the flip side studies have also found that too much folic acid from supplements and fortified foods might actually lead to an increased chance of certain cancers.

5. Builds Strong Bones

Homocysteine levels effect not only the heart but our very skeletal structure. Elevated homocysteine levels seems to impact bone health as well.

In the same way that folic acid decreases homocysteine levels to help heart health, it can also impact the rate of bone metabolism to promote better bone health.

A 2014 study showed those with low folate levels had increased plasma homocysteine as well as reduced bone density. In conjunction another study published in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that older adults with higher levels of homocysteine were a risk factor for osteoporotic fractures.