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Folic acid is a water soluble B vitamin that plays several important roles in the body. It can be absorbed through food or supplement sources and any amounts not required by the body are typically excreted in the urine. It is involved in the formation of DNA and in the metabolism of nucleic acids which are building blocks of DNA. This vitamin is also involved with the metabolism of amino acids and the formation of red blood cells. In addition to supporting health in adults, folic acid plays a critical role in the development of the fetus. Adequate folate with a healthy diet may reduce a woman's risk of having a child with a neural tube defect. The role of folic acid has been extensively researched, in fact, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Health Claim on its role in preventing neural tube defects. The dietary recommendation for folate during pregnancy is 600 mcg DFE/ day to support the needs of the baby. The upper tolerable intake level of folate in the United States is 1000 mcg/ day. Various international bodies also provide guidance on folate intake. Health Canada recommends up to 1000 mcg/ day, Malaysia and South Korea recommend 400 mcg/ day with an upper tolerable limit of 1000mcg/ day and China recommends 600 mcg/ day with an upper tolerable limit of 1000mcg/ day.
A recent article by the Consumer Council discussed a potential link between absorption of folic acid and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) occurrence in children. Most clinical studies researching this topic are observational studies, such studies are not useful in determining a causative effect. These studies typically relied on self-reported use of dietary supplements. This means that the researcher was dependent on a participant’s memory to recall how often and how many supplements they took during a specific period of time without other ways of validating the intake of supplements. This may result in unreliable data on the actual intake of folic acid.
Multiple factors may affect ASD risk. These include mothers’ age, education, income level, inadequate prenatal care, environment, genetics and dietary habits and/or intake. Many studies did not control for these factors making it difficult to interpret the results of these studies. In addition, other studies show that maternal folic acid supplementation before and during pregnancy may actually be associated with a reduced risk of ASD in children.
GNC offers a range of supplements containing folic acid tailored to meet the needs of different customers. Depending on your nutritional requirements your folic acids needs may vary. We recommend customers always consult with their physician to determine the best supplements for their specific needs.
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Jennifer Goh (Ms) Group COO