Folic acid - major newswire needs quick comment

ended 20. September 2021

A journalist at PAMedia, the UK's biggest newswire, is seeking quick comments to explain folic acid, following the news of it being added to flour, e.g.

  • What is it, where do we normally get it?
  • Why is it so important for maternal/infant health?
  • Should we try and get an extra boost of it?

Just 2-3 sentence should do. Deadline is tight!

1 responses from the Newspage community

"Folic acid is a form of Vitamin B9 and its main benefit is to avoid complications in pregnancy that can lead to birth defects like spina bifida. It can also have beneficial effects on people with depression or even high blood pressure. We can get folic acid from foods like leafy vegetables, beans, mushrooms, as well as orange and tomato juices. Taking too much (more than 1mg daily) can, for some people, lead to stomach upset, diarrhoea, nausea or irritability/confusion. Some people on medication for seizures might find their medication interacts with folic acid and becomes less effective. The doses added to foods tend to be low and are unlikely to cause overconsumption."