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Folate – 13 March 2007

Among the foods containing the B vitamin folate are a large variety of vegetables, beans and fruits. “Folic acid” is the synthetic version of folate.

In an article titled “Beans for the Brain,” the March 2007 issue of the AARP Bulletin cites the results of two studies that emphasize the importance of foods rich in folic acid as possible protection against Alzheimer’s disease.

In a study reported in the Archives of Neurology, “participants with the highest intake of folic acid had the lowest risk of developing Alzheimer’s.” The other study, reported in the Lancet, showed that memory and information-processing speed were improved in those participants taking folic acid as compared with those who were taking placebos.

However, the best and safest way to obtain “folic acid” is not by supplements but by eating vegetables, fruits, and beans which naturally contain folate. Studies are showing that there is a potential for harm in taking folic acid in supplement form. According to John McDougall, M.D., “Folic acid is a synthetic version of the natural vitamin, folate, found in plant foods. Folate from food is essential for good health. Folic acid sold in capsules is a medication at best and a toxin at worst.”

See for an excellent article by John McDougall, M.D. on the dangers of folic acid supplementation.

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