Folic Acid

Industry responds: 'The belief they can obtain all the nutrients necessary from the average UK diet poses a very real risk to the health of both mothers and their unborn children.' ©iStock/Antonio Gravante

Pregnancy multivitamins: A waste of expectant mothers’ money?

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

So-called multivitamin and mineral pregnancy supplements are “an unnecessary expense” for most expectant mothers, according to a review of current UK guidance for pregnancy supplementation. Yet industry has called the statements dangerously misleading. 

'The kernels look like rice, cook like rice and taste like rice. They can be added at about 1% to conventional rice...' ©iStock

Feature: The fight against global malnutrition

Can rice become a large-scale micronutrient fortification staple?

By Lynda Searby

For many years, countries across the developing world have fortified staples such as maize flour, wheat flour and oil with micronutrients that are deficient in the diet. In Nigeria, for example, flour, maize, oil and sugar have been fortified with vitamin...

Pre-conception folic acid supplementation may reduce preterm birth risk by 8% and small-for-gestational-age birth risk by 19% compared to those not using supplements. Photo credit: iStock.com

When should pregnant women take folic acid?

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

Taking folic acid supplements pre-conception may lower the risk of preterm birth and small-for-gestational-age, but post-conception may be too late to have an effect, according to research in 240,954 pregnant women.

Researchers delve into the impact of folate acid supplementation with a five year trial of 20,702 participants and 637 stroke events

Folic acid may help reduce stroke risk: 5-year study

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

A combination of folic acid and the medication enalapril may be more effective in reducing the risk of stroke in adults with hypertension than the medication alone, according to large-scale research from China.

DSM:

DSM and Merck form high-end folate alliance

By Shane STARLING

DSM Nutritional Products (DNP) is not abandoning its folic acid (vitamin B9) offering but has added a high-end, folate form aimed at global supplement and food makers in a deal with Merck in Switzerland.

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