Nutrient Deficiencies and Mental Health Issues

Nutrient Deficiencies Linked to Mental Ill Health

According to a new review, patients with Schizophrenia, a long-term mental disorder, have low levels of Vitamins C, E, D, B12 and Folate.  The studies looked at did not determine a definitive cause and effect relationship between Schizophrenia and nutritional deficiencies. 28 study articles were reviewed for this meta-analysis which involved over 2600 participants, 1221…

B12-Folic Acid and Fatty Liver Disease

Low Folate and B12 Linked to Severity of Fatty Liver Disease

Researchers have found a link in the progression of Liver Fibrosis in Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) and two important B Vitamins. Over 80 patients with Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatisis (NASH), a progressive form of Non Fatty Liver Disease, participated in this study.  The average age of the study participants was 41 years old.  The study included…

Folic Acid and Autism Risk

Maternal Use of Folic Acid and Vitamins Linked to Reduced Autism Risk in Children

According to a study done in Israel, mothers who supplement with a Multivitamin and Folic Acid, both before and during their pregnancy, reduce their child’s risk factors for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Researchers studied Israeli children born between January 1, 2003 and December 31, 2007.  Participants were followed up from birth to January 26, 2015…

Folic Acid and Postpartum Depression

Prenatal Folic Acid Supplementation Helps Lower Postpartum Depression Risk

Supplementing Folic Acid for at six months before giving birth could lower the risk of postpartum depression. Almost 1,600 women who had given birth six to 12 weeks earlier were recruited to participate in this study.  Data on prenatal folic acid supplementation, obstetric history, and lifestyle and socio-demographic characteristics was collected.  803 (50.4%) women participating…

Folic Acid and Cognitive Impairment

Folic Acid and Dementia: Supplementation Benefits Elderly People with Mild Cognitive Decline

Elderly people with mild cognitive impairment saw significant improvements in both cognitive performance and reduced inflammation when supplementing with 400 mcg of Folic Acid daily for a period of 12 months. Over 150 seniors with mild cognitive impairment were randomly assigned to two groups.  One group received daily Folic Acid supplementation (400 mcg) and the…

Prenatal Folic Acid

Prenatal Folic Acid Could Benefit Children’s Psychological Development

A new study finds that supplementation with Folic Acid has beneficial effects on the psychological development of children if taken during the first trimester and beyond. 39 women participated in this randomized controlled trial.  22 of the participating mothers supplemented with folic acid throughout their pregnancy while the remaining 17 only supplemented with folic acid…