Folate and folic acid are a group of water-soluble vitamins B and differ from each other in that the former are natural components found in certain foods, and the second - their chemical analogue,produced synthetically.In humans folic acid helps produce red blood cells, and is involved in the production of the hormones norepinephrine and serotonin.In addition, it is responsible for proper cell division and is an important component of the cerebrospinal fluid.
specialists were able to prove that a lack of folic acid is often the cause of severe fetal malformations such as nezarastanie neural tube, leading to the appearance of vertebral hernia, or the formation of
facial defects such as cleft lip or palate,the common people called a cleft lip and palate.It is also known that this vitamin has the ability to accumulate in the body, so doctors recommend that women planning pregnancy, start taking folate derivatives of at least 12 weeks before the alleged conception.And did not cease to do so and after the onset of this landmark event.However, not all experts know exactly how long to take folic acid and whether to continue it after 12 weeks, the end of the period of active formation.
And yet, not so long ago in Australia produced a lot of research, which has resulted in a pretty unexpected conclusion.How useful folic acid at the stage of formation of the fruit, so it can be harmful at a later stage of development.The experiment found that children of women who continued taking folic acid between 16 and 30 weeks of pregnancy, at the same time seemingly innocuous vitamin received increased likelihood of sick in the future asthma.The risk of the disease compared to the control group was increased by 30%, quite an impressive figure.
From all this we can conclude that folic acid is necessary and justified only for a certain time, namely at the planning stage of pregnancy and during the first 12 weeks after conception.After this period of imitation of folic acid should be abandoned, and to turn its attention towards the natural vitamin B - folate contained in foods such as broccoli, oranges, bran, eggs and so on.Since folate are less stable than their synthetic counterparts, their possible excess is easily utilized by the body and excreted out before you have time to do much harm to the future child.