Mandatory Folic Acid reduced Spina bifida rate by 1 in 2000 births
Mandatory vitamin D would reduce premature birth: 1 in 10 ==> 1 in 20 births
Thus for 2000 births Folic acid would prevent 1 Spina Bifida birth, but Vitamin D prevent 100 premature births
Note: Premature Birth is the biggest cause the death for children age 0 - 5 years.
Similar lifetime cost (about $700,000 ) of a premature birth and a Spina bifida birth
But 100X more bad births outcomes could be prevented by Vitamin D than by Folic Acid
Folic Acid increases Breast Cancer risk by 20%
Folic Acid increases colorectal cancer by 35%
Folic Acid increases risk of childhood asthma by 26%
Folic Acid 43% more likely to die from cancer.
Folic Acid, then 30 years later twice as likely to die from breast cancer
Folate was proven to reduce NTD, not Folic Acid
That folic acid may interfere with cancer has been known since the 1940’s.
Variety of RCT showed problems of Folic acid
prevalence of open neural tube defects declined from 1 per 1000 pregnancies before fortification to 0·6 per 1000 pregnancies thereafter.
Folic acid is cheaper and easier to use than Folate
“However, it is estimated that only 15 to 25 percent of folic acid–preventable spina bifida and anencephaly worldwide is being prevented through folic acid supplementation and food fortification programs”
the correct form of what your body needs is folate
While folic acid can be converted by the body to a usable form of folate, the conversion process is limited and this frequently leads to excessive levels of unmetabolized folic acid in the blood (this is unhealthy). Furthermore – and incredibly importantly – folic acid cannot cross the placenta to the foetus, the way natural folate can.
Folic acid does prevent neural tube defects, but doesn’t have the other beneficial effects of natural folate.
Prostate Cancer 2.6X more likely if take 1 mg of Folic Acid vs placebo PDF on-line
Prostate Cancer 0.7X less likely if take Folate (Folic Acid)
US Neural tube defects: 4,200 before fortification ==> 2,900
See also VitaminDWiki
- Neural tube defects – ALL of the women had low vitamin D – May 2016
- Neural tube defects more likely due to low vitamin D than low Folate – April 2017
- Off topic: Folic Acid - the horror story (for a small percentage of people) - Sept 2013
- Off topic – Making birth defects ‘preventable’ Folic acid and the politics of risk reduction - Nov 2013
- Vitamin D and Folate fortification of foods - April 2012
- Spina Bifida associated with low vitamin D – Dec 2014
- Autism 17 times more likely with excessive Folic Acid and B-12 (now added to bread) – May 2016
- Search VitaminDWiki for FOLATE OR FOLIC found 742 items as of July 2016
- Increased cows milk allergy if Folic acid or Folate added to vitamin D during pregnancy – June 2016
Healthy pregnancies need lots of vitamin D has the following summary
|1. Miscarriage||2.5 times||Observe|
|2. Pre-eclampsia||3.6 times||RCT*|
|3. Gestational Diabetes||3 times||RCT*|
|4. Depression AFTER pregnancy||1.4 times||RCT*|
|5. Vaginosis||10 times||RCT*|
|6. Premature birth||2 times||RCT*|
|7. C-section - unplanned||1.6 times||Observe|
|8. Small for Gestational Age||3 times||Observe|
|9. Infant height, weight, head size |
within normal limits
|10. Childhood Wheezing||1.3 times||RCT*|
|11. Childhood Autism||4 times||Intervention|
|12.Young adult Multiple Sclerosis||1.9 times||Observe|
|13. Preeclampsia in young adult||3.5 times||RCT*|
|14. Childhood Mite allergy||5 times||RCT*|
|15. Childhood Respiratory Tract visits||2.5 times||RCT*|
See also web
- https://examine.com/supplements/folic-acid/ Examine.Com, March 2016, extensive Folic Acid analysis
"it appears that prolonged exposure to levels up to 250% the RDA may be associated with a relative increase in the rates of cancer, particularly colon cancer among the elderly"