But wait! My doctor says Folic acid is important to take!!
Conventional Doctors often use the terms ‘folic acid’ and ‘folate’ interchangeably. However they are not interchangeable. Folic acid refers to the oxidized synthetic pharmaceutical that is added to processed foods and dietary supplements for “food fortification”. Folic acid is synthetic compound manufactured in a laboratory where folate is the naturally occurring, and the body does not utilize them the same.
Human exposure to folic acid was non-existent until its chemical synthesis in 1943. Upon the addition of synthetic folic acid to food by government mandate in 1989, the US has seen a rise in autism, infertility, autoimmune disease and cancers. With a high intake of folic acid in a standard American diet, un-metabolized folic acid could mask a vitamin B12 deficiency which can harm central nervous system function. Taking high doses of synthetic folic acid with a MTHFR mutation blocks the ability to absorb and assimilate natural folate and methylfolate; THIS is a major failing of current widespread medical and prenatal advice.
Science has established that adequate folate intake from the consumption of folate-rich foods is essential for health. Folate aids the complete development of red blood cells, reduces levels of homocysteine in the blood, and supports proper nervous system development and function. Folic acid must undergo initial reduction and methylation in the liver, and then converted to the useable form; this requires a specific enzyme, MTHFR, absent or impaired in up to 60% of the population. The low activity of this enzyme in the human liver, combined with a high intake of folic acid, may result in elevated levels of un-metabolized folic acid entering the systemic circulation; Leading to a whole host of health problems plaguing modern society.
MTHFR, along with other gene mutations and heredity factors, can present special problems in pregnancy and reproduction as well as other serious conditions later in life. This is not to say that these mutations should cause alarm; but if you’re already aware of your genetic status, it would be highly beneficial to take special precautions. A baby can inherit problems in its own DNA, which present symptoms, caused by the nutritional deficiencies present at the time of conception present in the parents. Ensuring proper methylation from the beginning, in a baby, will prevent impaired immunity and virus and heavy metal accumulation from birth. This is an essential component to preventing autism, allergies, asthma and eczema later in life.
Researchers now know that supplementing with the proper forms of Methylated B vitamins can help restore health. However high amounts of folic acid in poor quality supplements AND enriched and fortified foods can be detrimental to health. Another beneficial treatment is to minimize stress in your life and in your cells. Remember to Avoid any and all “oxidative stressors” such as; Smoking, Alcohol, Certain Antibiotics unless absolutely necessary, Nitrous oxide gas (used at the dentist), Foods that cause sensitivities or allergies, Toxins in the environment (pesticides, radiation, EMFs, etc), Heavy metals (like mercury and aluminum) and stress!
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