Once you lack folate, the damage can’t be fixed

(Cecilie Krabbe-Copenhagen/ Futurity) — Folate deficiency creates more problems in connection with cell division and DNA replication than previously thought, a study shows.

Once a person lacks folate, the resulting damage is irreversible. The researchers therefore encourage people to be more aware of the level of folate in the blood.

Folate is a type of vitamin B found in, for example, broccoli, spinach, peas, mushrooms, shellfish, and fruit such as bananas and melon. The Danish Health Authority recommends that pregnant women and women trying to get pregnant take a daily supplement of folic acid.

But everyone, not just pregnant and soon-to-be-pregnant women, should focus on this vitamin, says the last author of the study, associate professor Ying Liu from the Center for Chromosome Stability at the department of cellular and molecular medicine at the University of Copenhagen. (…)

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