UV Exposure Can Reduce Folate Levels
(Ivanhoe Newswire) – Sun exposure may reduce folate levels in women by 20 percent, according to an Australian study.
Folic acid is a B vitamin supplement taken by many women before and during pregnancy. However, in a study of 45 women between the ages of 18 and 47, researchers from Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, found women with the highest rates of sun exposure had folate levels lower than those recommended for women trying to become pregnant.
"We are not telling women to stop taking folate supplements, but rather urging women to talk to their doctor about their folate levels and the importance of folate in their diet, especially those who are planning a pregnancy," researcher Dr. David Borradale from QUT's AusSun Research Lab, was quoted as saying. "The results of this study reinforce the need for adequate folate levels prior to and during pregnancy."
For more information, go to: http://www.qut.edu.au/about/news/news?news-id=70178
SOURCE: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B: Biology, March 2014
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