Folic acid, sometimes called folate, is a B vitamin (B9) found mostly in leafy green vegetables like kale and spinach, orange juice, and enriched grains. Repeated studies have shown that women who get 400 micrograms daily prior to conception and during early pregnancy reduce the risk that their baby will be born with a serious neural tube defect (a birth defect involving incomplete development of the brain and spinal cord) by up to 70%.

The most common neural tube defects are spina bifida (an incomplete closure of the spinal cord and spinal column), anencephaly (severe underdevelopment of the brain), and encephalocele (when brain tissue protrudes out to the skin from an abnormal opening in the skull). All of these defects occur during the first 28 days of pregnancy — usually before a woman even knows she’s pregnant.

Dear Immune System,

I know you are trying to help, I really do. But my joints are not bad guys. We actually like our fingers, wrists, elbows, shoulders, toes, ankles, knees, and hips. We love them, to be honest. So if you could stop tearing them apart, I would really appreciate it. I guarantee we will need them in our future!

Your loving, but very aggravated and stiff, body.

Quest to mermaid hair.

So this is my current lenght, and my first goal will be reaching bra-strap lenght, although it might take quite a while…

I will be alterning between Mane N Tail and Biotin&Collagen shampoo.

I will also be taking 3000mcg of Biotin and 2000mcg of Folic Acid a day. Might take more if my hair doesn’t respond well in the next month or so.

And finally, I will be putting coconut oil in my hair once a week.

Will uptade in a month to see how this goes :D

EDIT: I added 2000mcg of MSM a day, and decided to stop using heat for a month.

Nutrition to Healthy Hair!

Okay, maybe your hair won’t look like that…but there are ways to make sure your hair is getting enough nutrients to shine and have natural beauty!

Good for your hair:

- B vitamins.

It seems that B vitamins help pretty much everything, which is kinda true…sort of. Anyways, they boost hair growth, meaning they help your hair grow faster. Hair loss has been linked to not getting enough B vitamins.

- Protein.

Protein contains amino acids, which are the basic component in hair. So, they ensure that hair can repair itself and grow in a healthy way.

- E vitamins.

Fights free radicals, which helps hair because free radicals cause aging and damage from the environment. Vitamin E stimulates the scalp and increases blood circulation, which promotes hair growth.

- Omega-3 fatty acids.

These also seem to pop up everywhere, in terms of aiding in health. Omega-3s help prevent hair loss and may help stimulate hair growth.

- Fruits and vegetables.

Of course these help, right? They make everything better, it seems! They contain folic acid, which helps in tissue growth and aids the proper functioning of cells. Renewing cells helps contribute to hair growth.

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A little tip for girls trying to grow hair & make it healthier

Folic Acid- buy at any store basically. I get mine from target or walmart. It’s about $5 and you just take it daily

Hair, skin, and nails pills. Just take them everyday. Basically you can get them at any store also for around $10

I’ve just recently started talking these pills and my hair already feels so much better and healthier and even thicker(which i want the most).

I’ve also learned that washing you hair with cold/warm water is better for your hair. It makes it shiny too! Hot water is bad for your hair.

Just doing things simple things is making my hair so much better already so I just thought I’d give you a little tips :)

anonymous asked:

omfg why is daya so rude to bennett. it's actually really nice that he gave her healthy food for her baby?? who cares about diamonds geez

a) bennett was making her keep the baby a secret, which meant she wasn’t getting proper treatment/medication/vitamins for her baby

b) bennett’s solution was spinach

I loves me some greens - COOKING GREENS 

Packed with vitamins A and C, calcium, iron, fiber, and folic acid, these dark leafy greens have gained popularity in recent years due to their high nutritional values. But before the health craze, cultures around the world—such as Italian and Chinese—had been incorporating these vegetables into their diets.  …

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Puke & Prenatals.

Morning sickness sucks! Seriously! I started taking prenatals the day I found out I was pregnant, and within a few days I was experiencing the glory that is morning sickness. I am affected by everything around me. Smells, the way things look. I might want something one second, then the taste or smell of it instantly turn me off. This SUCKS!

I started to realize something. I’m always the most sick (vomiting) right after taking my prenatal pills.

I had been taking One a day women’s prenatal (as if there is a man’s prenatal -_-) with dha. And it was for sure the thing causing my puking.

I asked my nurse about it, cause I was concerned that my body wasn’t getting the chance to absorb the vitamin. She told me that I could take any adult multi-vitamin. So I took her advise and switched.

These gummies are made by God! They are awesome! no puking, there yummy, and so simple! Funny story, the first time I had taken these I took one and said “wow pretty good”. They taste like mildly sweet fruit snacks. I was actually sad cause I wanted another one, and then I read the bottle. Serving size 2 gummies! I was so excited! =D

I noticed that the one a day prenatal had 800mg of folic acid and the gummies only have 400mg. I know folic acid is really important, so i’m taking additional folic acid.

Gay Vitamins
  • Courtney:men's one a day
  • thats cool right?
  • i'm sure i could use some prostate support
  • me:why not
  • i take women's one-a-day
  • the other day my doctor was like "you know, we're starting to learn that folic acid is really good for the cervix, so just go ahead and take your vitamins"
  • and i really wanted to respond with "even for the gays?"
  • Courtney:well alright then
  • me:but i figured that was unnecessary
  • Courtney:ha!
  • yes, unnecessary
  • because gays have cervixes
  • me:true, but i kind of think of the gay cervix as a formal dining room
  • some families choose to use it on special occasion
  • some families just say "you know...lets be honest...we're never going to use that china...lets turn this shit into a playroom"
  • Courtney:HA
note to self: foods rich in folic acid and vitamin b-12 that i enjoy and should eat more of to promote hair growth:


Chicken Giblets

Egg Yolk





Macademia Nuts

Soy Milk


Sweet Potato



Fruits and Vegetables:


Brussel Sprouts





interesting tidbit: this info was brought to you by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health

La deficiencia de ácido fólico puede afectar a tus tataranietos

Cuando una mujer planea tener un hijo, los médicos le recomiendan que unos meses antes de la concepción y durante el embarazo consuma ácido fólico, una vitamina del complejo B necesaria para la formación de proteínas estructurales. Y es que un aporte antes y durante el embarazo previene malformaciones en placenta y en el producto, mientras que la deficiencia causa problemas severos de salud, como que el producto presente defectos cardiacos o espina bífida, malformación congénita donde la médula espinal queda sin protección ósea. Sin embargo, un estudio ha demostrado que esta deficiencia no se limita a la descendencia inmediata, ya que la mutación en un gen necesario para el metabolismo del ácido fólico puede tener efectos en muchas generaciones siguientes. 

Los investigadores de la Universidad de Cambridge y de la Universidad de Calgary, en Reino Unido y Canadá respectivamente, utilizaron ratones en este trabajo debido a que metabolizan el ácido fólico como nosotros y porque la deficiencia de esta vitamina o las mutaciones en los genes relacionados con la misma resultan en anormalidades del desarrollo similares a las nuestras. Con esto, exploraron cómo los mecanismos moleculares de la deficiencia del ácido fólico impactan en el desarrollo embrionario y causan problemas de salud.

Los ratones del estudio presentaban un gen mutado llamado Mtrr, el cual es esencial para la progresión normal del ciclo del ácido fólico. Esto significa que al estar mutado, el metabolismo de esta vitamina es anormal y genera los mismos problemas de salud que si la dieta fuera pobre. Los investigadores observaron que cuando el abuelo o abuela materna tienen esta mutación, sus nietos genéticamente normales presentaban riesgo de un amplio espectro de anormalidades en el desarrollo. Dichas anormalidades también fueron vistas en la cuarta y quinta generación de ratones. En otro experimento, los investigadores transfirieron el embrión de la tercera generación a una hembra sana. Aquí observaron que dichas anormalidades del desarrollo no se transmitieron de manera genética. En cambio, los defectos resultaron de cambios epigenéticos que fueron heredados. 

Los autores del trabajo han hipotetizado que, por alguna extraña razón, algunas de las marcas epigenéticas causadas por la mutación del gen Mtrr escapan de esta eliminación normal y son heredadas a la siguiente generación. Si las marcas epigenéticas que regulan los genes importantes para el desarrollo son heredadas, entonces estas generaciones pueden presentar anormalidades como resultado de genes defectuosos que se prendieron o apagaron (es decir, se expresaron o silenciaron).

La investigación muestra que el padecimiento puede ser heredado por medios epigenéticos más que por genéticos, lo que tiene enormes implicaciones médicas. Además, demuestra que factores ambientales que tienen influencia sobre patrones epigenéticos, como la dieta, también puede tener efectos a largo plazo, en este caso, multigeneracionales.



Artículo originalNota de Science daily 

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Do you need to take vitamins?

We are no experts. But according to our research, we have found some interesting information about the need for vitamins for people with food intolerances and for the prevention of dementia.

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A clinical trial states that daily supplements of B vitamins may slow the decline in mental function in people with mild cognitive impairment.

A daily combination of folic acid and vitamins B6 and B12 was associated with a 30% reduction in levels of the amino acid homo-cysteine, and improvements in a range of mental tests, including global cognition and episodic memory.

Wasting in the brain, or atrophy, is a common symptom of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and can be an early warning to signs of dementia.

Children and adolescents suffering from celiac disease may be at risk of weak bones, and supplements of vitamins D and K may help. Almost half of the children in the study with celiac disease - an intolerance to gluten in wheat,  rye and barley - had suboptimal levels of vitamin D and about one quarter had suboptimal vitamin K levels.

So, if you don’t want to lose your mind, or if certain foods don’t agree with you. Read up more about vitamins and what they can do for you.

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What You Need to Know About Folate

Folate, also known as folic acid, is an essential B vitamin that everyone needs, but not everyone gets enough of. Folate is the natural form found in leafy green vegetables and other types of whole foods such as legumes, bananas and eggs, whereas folic acid is the synthetic form of vitamin B that is added to foods and nutritional supplements. While it is an especially important nutrient for women, particularly those in their reproductive years or those who are pregnant, it is critical that both men and women obtain enough folate through proper diet and supplementation. Folate helps with developmental processes, brain function, cancer prevention, and detoxification, offering a host of health benefits that are important for healthy growth and function. 

During Pregnancy

Research has linked folate deficiency to neural tube defects, so the United States Public Health Service recommends that women of childbearing age consume 400 micrograms (mcg) of the vitamin every day. By getting this recommended amount early in pregnancy, women can reduce the risk of health problems in the fetus, such as brain tumors, cardiovascular problems, nerve development issues, and other serious concerns. Even a slight folate deficiency can make cervix cells more susceptible to viral attack, which can ultimately lead to cancer in some women. However, if it is detected early enough, large doses of folate (up to 10 mg a day) may help to slow or inhibit abnormal cell growth. 

In some cases, consuming the recommended intake of folic acid has been shown to reduce the risk of neural tube defects in infants by up to 70 percent. However, it is important to discuss your specific folate needs, as some women have a genetic makeup that causes folate to increase their risk of developing breast cancer. These women may have inherited a specific variation of an enzyme that controls how their body uses folate. 

Brain Function

Folate and many of the other B vitamins are critical in maintaining healthy brain function. As people age, some decline in brain function is inevitable, but a Dutch study examined whether otherwise healthy people could slow this decline by taking double the RDA of folate. The study looked at over 800 participants, ages 50 to 75, for three years that were taking either 800 micrograms of folic acid a day or a placebo, and found that the folate protected the users’ brains. The supplement users performed as well as those who were five and a half years younger on memory tests and as well as those who were almost two years younger on cognitive speed tests. 

Folate also helps produce serotonin, which elevates mood and acts as a natural antidepressant. You can learn more about natural ways to boost your mood and your overall well being by reading about my lifestyle recommendations. 

Folate and Homocysteine

In addition to boosting brain health and function, folate helps clear the body of toxins and other harmful additives. For example, homocysteine is a common amino acid found in the blood and is acquired mostly from meat products. An overabundance of homocysteine in the blood can contribute to heart disease, osteoporosis and kidney disease, and is associated with low levels of vitamins B6, B12 and folate. While the research linking high levels of homocysteine and an increased risk of cardiovascular disease is ongoing, it is clear that abnormal levels may cause damage to the arteries, resulting in atherosclerosis and the formation of blood clots. Feeding the body with folate helps to clear excess homocysteine, so people who are identified as having high homocysteine levels should increase their intake of folate and other B vitamins. 

Japanese researchers also found that eating foods rich in folate, such as vegetables, fruits, whole or enriched grains, fortified cereals, beans, and legumes can help reduce the risk of death from cardiovascular disease and stroke. While the vitamin has powerful benefits for both sexes, they found that folate may lower the risk of heart failure in men and help prevent women from having a stroke or developing heart disease. 

For these reasons, I recommend following an organic, whole foods-based diet full of a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, as the high nutritional and antioxidant content will help you obtain proper levels of folate and most other vitamins and minerals. The nutrition attained from this diet will contribute to increased antioxidant activity, improved digestion, healthy inflammation response, healthy glucose metabolism, healthier lipid profiles, increased immune activity, increased energy and vitality, and other health benefits. For more valuable dietary recommendations and wellness guides for a range of conditions, visit

MTHFR does not mean mother f*cker (or does it)

I’m never one to shy away from telling someone “I told you so."  So it’s no surprise after the phone call I just received that I’m flailing my arms about and pointing and repeating it over and over again.

I told you so. 

The nurse just called and confirmed the sensation I’ve had in every ounce of my being since April.  There is another potential cause for my recurrent losses.  I have a MTHFR mutation (specifically she said a C677C mutation).  While it may not have been the sole cause for miscarriage, it could have been and it definitely could have contributed.

I’ve only started my MTHFR research, but the things that they are saying about it make perfect f*cking sense.  I’ve known for a few years that I have a B12 deficiency and problems absorbing B12.  MTHFR mutations are also responsible for depression and other things that I’ve experienced in my life. 

So now they’re putting me on Folgard (high dose folic acid) and once we have a positive pregnancy test again, they’ll start me on heparin. 

I knew I wasn’t crazy.  I just knew it. 

Any resources that people have would be much appreciated.