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Folic Acid Helps Young Female Runners

About three million girls participate in high school sports each year and approximately 23 million women run at least six times a week. Young female athletes who do not eat enough to offset the energy they burn during exercise can stop menstruating, a condition called amenorrhea. A study of 20 female runners from the Medical College of Wisconsin has found that 10 milligrams of oral folic acid may provide a safe and inexpensive treatment to improve vascular function in these women. Reduced vascular flow can limit oxygen uptake and ultimately affect performance. It is also a risk factor for early heart disease. Folic acid, needed during periods of cell growth, can also be found in foods such as fortified cereals and grains, dried beans, leafy greens and citrus juices.

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Tags: Folate, Heart Disease, Sports, Running, Female Athletes, Folic Acid

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Susan S commenter Susan S at 4:50 pm on December 11, 2015

I see that this post is quite old, but unfortunately it still comes up readily on a search about folates. The advice here is dated and for some young women, those that have a genetic mutation of the MTHFR gene, it could cause harm. The author recommends folates from various sources without differentiating them, which is at the root of a great problem in our country today. Synthetic folic acid found in flour and baked goods of all kinds, is harmful to many because they cannot convert it to a methylfolate form that the body can use. In addition, the synthetic competes with what usable folate there is for cell receptors, further reducing the amount of folate that reaches the cells. Folates found naturally in leafy greens, juices and other foods are fine, because nature has formulated them to be usable in the human body. For those with an MTHFR problem, this inability to convert synthetic folic acid to methyfolate triggers a process in the body that leads to all kinds of common diseases and ailments, including heart disease, diabetes, several kinds of cancer, chronic fatigue, PCOS, IBS, depression, anxiety disorders, poor immune response, and many others--there is also a growing body of information that this problem is at least a partial factor in autism. It is estimated that about 15% of all Americans have a variation of this defect that will cause significant health problems throughout their lives. Why the U.S. government continues to mandate the fortifying of wheat products with folic acid is a mystery. They have effectively killed way more people than they ever helped by requring its use. Personally, all of the health problems I have lived with for 40 years due to a simple methylfolate deficiency have sidetracked what could have been a productive life, instead of one spent in bed, at the doctor's office or in the hospital. Uncle Sam should have paid all my medical bills for the last 40 years.

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