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DO NOT MISS OUT ON FOLIC ACID AND VITAMIN B12.

Updated on December 11, 2012

MY FRIENDS FOR YEARS

37 years ago, I was introduced to Folic Acid by an enlightened Consultant who ,treating me for an outbreak of what was diagnosed as Celiacs Disease, identified that my level of Folic Acid was way below normal. Now Celiacs , when in full flow is a nasty thing that debilitates the patient day on day, causing weight loss, diarrhea and nausea, which combine.to sap energy levels alarmingly. Thus, having been prescribed the Folic Acid tablets, you will understand my great relief when, 48 hours after commencing the tablets my symptoms subsided. I have to now admit that once the symptoms had vanished and I regained weight, I lapsed in the taking of the tablets. Then 18 years later, the symptoms returned and I was then, thankfully diagnosed as a Celiac and put on the road to full recovery by taking up a prescribed gluten free diet, plus Folic Acid and Vitamin B 12.

SINCE THEN, I HAVE HAD A B 12 INJECTION EVERY 3 MONTHS AND TAKEN FOLIC ACID REGULARLY. in 2010, WHEN DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER, I WAS FURTHER GALVANISED INTO TAKING A TABLET DAILY AND MAKING SURE I HAD MY INJECTION ON TIME. I AM CONVINCED THEY HELPED ME INTO REMISSION WHICH IS WHERE I AM TODAY.

KEY AIDS FOR PREGNANT WOMEN.

Now Folic Acid has for some considerable time been considered a great aid to pregnant women as it provides assistance in avoiding spina bifida and other defects affecting neural tubes. As such it is a great help in producing healthy babies. In fact, only this weekend, I found out that 400 micrograms of folic acid taken daily can reduce spina bifida risks by up to 72 %. My dose is 5mg per day, but then, I am not pregnant ! However, what interested me was the assertion that by combining with B 12 risks are further reduced. Apparently 60 % of women are B 12 deficient and as B 12 is essential for the take up by the cells of the acid, it is a vital combination.

My daughter in law, involved in the process of increasing the world population at this time has told me that modern mothers to be are prescribed a "pre-conception supplement" designed to incorporate many key factors in enabling the delivery ultimately of a healthy baby, and based on her now 9 month old son, these certainly have a good benefit. Such supplements can be obtained at good pharmacies, though I would advise seeking information from the G P first.

It is recommended that taking Folic Acid and B 12 , for example, begins 3 months before conception if possible. In the case of unplanned pregnancies the situation is more difficult as the neural tube closes 28 days after conception and so , as often pregnancy is not known for at least 28 days, the benefits against spina bifida are lost..

GENENERAL BENEFITS.

Clearly, as identified above, the two elements of Folic Acid and B 12 are very helpful to pregnant women and people like me with other conditions alike. The basic reason for this is that they assist in the formation of red blood cells which are so helpful in retaining the balance with the often invasive white blood cells. As a child I had pernicious anaemia, and at one stage thought to have leukaemia, because of the white cells in my blood. Back in 1940, Folic Acid and B 12were not identified as they are now as key elements in establishing the balance and thus a return to good health. It seems to me that it is well worthwhile everyone consulting with their GP to have a simple blood test to identify, if like me their is a deficiency in either or both items. Diagnosed early and dealt with simply these days, Folic Acid and Vitamin B 12 certainly are friends to a good human health condition, pregnant or not.


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