View All Brands View Women's Health View Men's Health View My Favorite Product Selections View Details About How You Can Save More With Our Unique Super Saver Program Express Shop, The Quickest & Easiest Way To Shop
Health Library SEARCH
Health Library Home

Folic Acid May Reduce Congenital Heart Defects

Folic acid is so crucial to reducing the risk of neural tube birth defects that, in 1998, Canada mandated that all flour, enriched pasta, and cornmeal be fortified with it. And it appears that folic acidís benefits to the developing fetus may not end there: a study analyzing data from before and after Canadaís fortification mandate found a correlation between folic acid and a reduced risk of congenital heart defects (CHDs). Published in Circulation, the study included data on 5,901,701 live and stillborn births delivered at 20 weeks or later in Canada from 1990 to 2011. The researchers found 66,980 occurrences of non-chromosomal CHDs during this time. After controlling for other changes over the study period, including average maternal age and rates of prepregnancy diabetes, preterm preeclampsia, multiple births, and pregnancy terminations, they found that the folic acid fortification program was associated with:

  • an 11% reduction in rates of non-chromosomal CHDs overall;
  • a 27% reduction in conotruncal defects, which are abnormalities that affect both of the blood vessels leaving the heart (the aorta and the pulmonary artery);
  • a 23% percent reduction in coarctation of the aorta, which is a narrowing of the aorta (the major artery carrying blood to the body);
  • a 15% reduction in ventricular septal defects and an 18% reduction in atrial septal defects, which are holes in the walls separating heart chambers;
  • and, no changes in rates of severe non-conotruncal heart defects and other heart or circulatory system abnormalities.

This study drives home the importance of getting enough folic acid during pregnancy. In addition to fortified foods, leafy greens, citrus fruits, avocados, beets, beans, and whole grains are sources of folic acid. Also, during pregnancy, a prenatal multivitamin with folic acid is usually recommended, so talk with your healthcare practitioner if you are considering adding one.

Source: Circulation

Copyright © 2019 Healthnotes, Inc. All rights reserved. www.healthnotes.com

Learn more about Healthnotes, the company.

 
Your Cart: (0) Total: $0.00
 
Share on Twitter Add to Google Plus Share on Facebook Email a Friend Share Tools


The following product(s) are related to this article:
Cardiokinase™ (Nattokinase)
by Pure Prescriptions
Starting at $59.95

[ View Details ]
Daily Multi
by Iagen Professional
Starting at $29.97

[ View Details ]
Daily Multivitamin
by Pure Prescriptions
Starting at $29.97

[ View Details ]
FEATURED ARTICLES
A Feast for the Senses: Tips for Cooking with Fresh Herbs Read more
Knock out Nicotine! Discover Secrets to Smoke-Free Success Read more
Quick Tip
Protect Your Skin from the Sun

Protect Your Skin from the Sun

As wonderful as the warm rays of summer may be, too much sun can have harmful effects. Make high SPF sunscreen a healthy habit for summer sun.

Learn more about sunlight exposure.
Home | About Us | Doctor's Blog | Contact Us | Terms of Use & Privacy Policy | Patient Intake Form | Company
For Assistance, Please Call: 888-821-8808
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
© 2019 PureRXO. All Rights Reserved.
close
Driving Directions From: GO