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The debate about the necessity of taking dietary supplements is still alive. While numerous doctors maintain we get all that we require from the foods we eat, others prefer to offer supplementary vitamins when their patients are under stress such as pregnancy, illness or even aging.

Studies have shown that taking supplementary B group vitamins, specifically folic acid and B12 have reduced birth defects from 72 to 100%. Since regulations authorizing the addition of folic acid to grains have come into play, the incidence of birth defects in the United States has lessened by 19%, though skeptics claim there could be alternate reasons.

- Symptoms of folate deficiency.

If your tongue is swollen and you suffer from loss of appetite, shortness of breath, are irritable, forgetful and mentally sluggish, you may have a folate deficiency. Folic acid is one of the B group of vitamins. Most animal and plant foods are poor sources of it. The exception is liver which most folks do not eat a lot of these days.

Various habits and diseases also play a greater share in causing a lack of this vitamin. Celiac disease, alcoholism and irritable bowel syndrome just to name a few. Studies have also suggested that when ageing individuals suffer from depression it may be caused by a lack of folate vitamin B9.

Folate should be taken with B6 And B12 vitamins to help its absorption and function in the body. These three vitamins work together to help relieve symptoms of depression. They do this by lowering the amount of homocysteine, which is thought to play an active roll in causing depression.

Several population-based studies around the United States have shown that various cancers are less ubiquitous in people who have high levels of folic acid. These people consumed high amounts of beta-carotene, vitamin C and fiber. One study of 50,000 women revealed that adequate consumption of folate significantly reduced the chances of breast cancer.

Some prescription medications for inflammatory bowel disease have been found to interfere with the bodies proficiency to absorb folate. This deficiency has as well been linked to male infertility and heart disease. Foods that offer the most folic acid are dark leafy greens, brewers yeast, beef liver, various seafood, orange juice and milk. Root vegetables and whole grains also provide diminutive amounts.

Side effects from folic acid supplements are uncommon, though they can occur if the dose exceeds 15000 mcg per day. Taking any one of the B group of vitamins alone can cause a deficiency in the others. Find out if you actually do need it and make certain your doctor knows you plan to take it. Some prescription medication like antibiotics and warfarin can interact adversely to this supplement, while others like ibuprofen and aspirin may cause a deficiency.

Methotrexate, used to treat some cancer and rheumatoid arthritis elevates the body’s need for folic acid. Its side-effects are largely reduced by the addition of this vitamin without impairing its advantage, so if you must take this drug, be sure see your doctor about adding folic acid to your diet.

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  • Arthritis generally comes in two forms osteoarthritis and inflammatory-arthritis. For this article we will discuss inflammatory-arthritis and natural herbal alternatives for reducing swelling and pain. The popular option for controlling arthritis pain is taking prescribed non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs; these drugs have been linked to cardiovascular, kidney and liver disease. If that doesn’t sound appealing, natural alternatives are available for inflammatory arthritis. Herbs like boswellia, ginger, skullcap, turmeric, acacia, hops, holy basil, feverfew, and white willow bark.

    Fortunately supplement manufacturers have learned about the anti-inflammatory properties of these herbs and do make them in various combinations to help relieve swelling and pain.

    The first one on the list is boswellia, has a long history of use as a mild anti-inflammatory herb for joint pain and stiffness, and noted by herbalists of its effectiveness. The primary compound in boswellia known for its anti-inflammatory affect is boswellic acid, when purchasing boswellia always look for products standardized to boswellic acid. Ginger root has been known for its anti-inflammatory affects as well, ginger inhibits the production of the immune-system components called cytokines which cause inflammation in the body. Ginger is also known as a COX-1 and COX-2 inhibitor in suppressing prostaglandin synthesis which would reduce inflammation in the body.

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  • list of problems: cretinism, stunting, deaf-mutism, malformed limbs, spastic motor disorders, stillbirths, reproductive failure, and poor vision.

    • Severe iodine deficiency in pregnant women can result in babies being born with physical and mental retardation.

    • Goiter (a grotesque swelling of the thyroid gland on the neck), as well as milder forms of mental and physical impairment. Goiter, a large swelling of the thyroid gland in the neck, is a chronic iodine deficiency disease.

    • Goiter, cretinism, and delayed mental and physical development are collectively known as IDD.

    • Irregular heartbeat, hardening of the arteries, obesity, low blood pressure, angina, arthritis, hair and skin problems, breast cancer, etc. can all be traced to chronic low levels of iodine.

    • Excessive salivation, feeling as if something has been neglected, forgotten or left unfinished (which prevents contentment and peace), hearing deterioration, sense of odor is missing, and restlessness at sunset (sensitivity to the electrical changes in the environment).

    • The problem of cataracts comes from the calcium being out of solution (in the blood), due to lack of iodine.

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