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Birth Defects

Low folate in male diet linked to risk of offspring birth defects

Posted December 11, 2013

Previous research has shown that what mothers eat during pregnancy affects the health of their offspring. But now, a new study suggests that a father’s diet prior to conception could also play an important role in their child’s health, particularly when it comes to consumption of folate.

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Study: Lack of Key Enzyme in the Metabolism of Folic Acid Leads to Birth Defects

Posted January 18, 2013

It has been known for several decades that folic acid supplementation dramatically reduces the incidence of neural tube defects, such as spina bifida and anencephaly, which are among the most common birth defects. In some populations, folic acid supplementation has decreased neural tube defects by as much as 70 percent.

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Taking folic acid, vitamin B12 prevents birth defects

Posted November 1, 2012

Mothers-to-be have been advised to take vitamin B12 to prevent their children developing birth defects such as spina bifida. New research suggests that taking the supplement alongside folic acid will further help prevent the series of birth defects that affect the development of the spine and central nervous system.

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Health Benefits of Black Beans

Posted April 30, 2012

In other parts of the world, beans are a staple item. In fact, the Brazilian Food Pyramid actually has a section devoted to beans. Why are beans consumed all over the world? Basically, they are really good for you; and they are cheap. The Black bean, or black turtle bean, is a variety of the common Phaseolus vulgaris.

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