Vitamin B – Folic Acid is Crucial in Preventing Birth Defects

Holy Hormones Honey! For those of you who follow this blog, you know I have become passionate about getting nutrition to prevent chronic disease. This is especially true for women and men who are planning a pregnancy. Our food sources and our soil are devoid of nutrients. That means women and men are functioning without the nutritional reserves to maintain their health.

Pregnant womanAdd a pregnancy to that and the woman’s nutritional reservoir will be depleted. And if there are not enough nutrients to ensure the health of a developing fetus – then neural tube defects – birth defects of the brain, spine, or spinal cord may occur.  And then the happy life as you knew it – will be over – for the rest of your life.

Synthetic vitamins – even prenatal vitamins do not get absorbed by the body – they get stored – or they pass through the digestive tract without being broken down.

I remember when birth defects were blamed on genetic defects (and yes, mostly the woman’s genetics), but know scientific research is pointing towards nutrient deficiency as the source of the defect.  Remember must multilevel vitamins contain the ‘minimum daily requirements’ not enough to build up the nutritional reserves or to prevent chronic illness.

Two-thirds of women in the U.K. not taking folic acid before pregnancy to prevent spina bifida

ScienceDaily
February 19, 2014
Source: Queen Mary, University of London

Summary:
Less than one in three women have taken folic acid supplements before pregnancy to prevent spina bifida and other birth defects of the brain, spine, or spinal cord (neural tube defects). This is despite research from 1991 showing that such conditions could be prevented in most cases by increasing the intake of the B-vitamin folic acid before pregnancy. Each year in Britain there are about 1,000 pregnancies affected by spina bifida or other birth defects of the brain, spine, or spinal cord. Most of these lead to a termination of pregnancy which is an agonizing decision for couples who want a child.

Research published today from Queen Mary University of London reveals less than 1 in 3 women have taken folic acid supplements before pregnancy to prevent spina bifida and other birth defects of the brain, spine, or spinal cord (neural tube defects). This is despite research from 1991 showing that such conditions could be prevented in most cases by increasing the intake of the B-vitamin folic acid before pregnancy.

The study, carried out by Queen Mary’s Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine and published in the journal PLOS ONE, questioned nearly half a million women attending antenatal screening between 1999 and 2012 in England and the Isle of Man. The proportion of women taking folic acid supplements decreased from 35% in 1999-2001 to 31% in 2011-2012.

The study also showed strong ethnic variations with only 17% of Afro-Caribbean women, 20% of South Asian women and 25% of East Asian women taking folic acid supplements, compared with 35% of Caucasian women. In addition, only 6% of women under 20 were taking folic acid supplements compared with 40% of women aged 35 to 39.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.