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Zinc and folic acid supplements don’t help male fertility, study finds

Zinc and folic acid, a pair of dietary supplements long touted as an effective treatment for male infertility, failed to improve pregnancy rates, sperm counts and sperm potency in a new study conducted at University of Utah Health and other … Continue reading

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Study: Folate protects babies from high blood pressure

A new article published in the American Journal of Hypertension finds that babies born to mothers with cardiometabolic risk factors were less likely to develop high blood pressure if their mothers had higher levels of folate during pregnancy. Since the late 1980s, … Continue reading

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Task Force reaffirms prenatal folic acid use to prevent birth defects

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force published a final statement recommending that all women who are planning or able to become pregnant take a daily supplement containing 400 to 800 micrograms of folic acid. The Task Force gave this an … Continue reading

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Folate may protect against obesity

Most women know by now that folate, an essential B vitamin, reduces the fetus’ risk for neural tube defects, malformations affecting the brain, spine and spinal cord. Now, new research, published in JAMA Pediatrics, finds another potential benefit: Proper maternal … Continue reading

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Is folic acid still recommended for moms-to-be?

Yes, definitely—despite what you may have heard about a recent report claiming that fortifying cereals, grains and flour with folic acid was not as protective against the risk of certain birth defects, including spina bifida, as experts thought it would … Continue reading

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Mind your meds while pregnant

Pregnancy and medicines don’t always mix. Some medicines, including over-the-counter or prescription drugs, herbs and supplements, can actually harm your growing baby. On the other hand, not using needed medicine may be more harmful to you and your baby than … Continue reading

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Does folic acid really prevent birth defects?

It sure does. Serious birth defects of the brain and spine called neural tube defects have fallen 35 percent in the United States since mandatory folic acid fortification of enriched grain products was introduced in 1998, according to the U.S. … Continue reading

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Another reason to take folic acid

It’s well known that folic acid helps prevent serious birth defects, such as spina bifida. But new research reveals that women who begin taking folic acid prior to conception may also be much less likely to have babies who are … Continue reading

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Men need folate too

Women have gotten the message that folate, also known as folic acid, helps prevent certain birth defects like spina bifida. Now, new research suggests that fathers also need folate to promote healthy fetal growth. The study, published in the journal Nature … Continue reading

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Could folic acid prevent autism?

You already know to take folic acid to help prevent brain and spinal cord birth defects. Well, here’s another reason to fill up on folic acid. A study from Sweden found that women who took extra folic acid in the … Continue reading

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