By Natural Advocate | February 10, 2008 - 10:29 pm - Posted in Vitamins & Minerals

In some more interesting studies and news as of late, it was found that a deficiency in a key B vitamin, otherwise known as folate, may trigger earlier dementia in elderly men and women.  The reason may be partly related to the fact the this vitamin is linked to creating new cells in the body, with brain cells being one of those purported to be created through this nutrient. 

Since folate, and the synthetic form of folate which you may find a bit more recognizable, folic acid, are linked to the creation of new cells in the body and the brain, it may help speed the brain’s cells, and a fast decline if brain cells creates the domino effect which leads to demential, among other defects like memory loss. 

Folate is a water soluble vitamin, which means that they are not stored in the body (and therefore you are less likely to “OD” on them as with some other vitamins), and they must be replenished on a daily basis.  This can prove tricky for the traditional western diet, much of which is not nutrient dense unfortunately, and may seriously lack this vitamin.

Natural sources of folate come in the following foods that you should definitely be getting in some form on a daily basis in your diet (we all know it’s a hundred times better to eat the food rather than try to get this through a vitamin or supplement) : Leafy green veggies like spinach, kale, watercress and other deeply green colored vegetables, citrus fruits like oranges and lemons, dired legumes, and a few other less notable and common foods.

You may notice that a lot of cereals and other pre-made foods feature labels boasting they are fortified with folic acid, the synthetic form of folate we mentioned earlier, or simply fortified with vitamin B, but this is not the same as eating the whole food with  the unblemished nutrient in it, where maximum absorption allows the nutrient to go to work and do what it does best in the body – keep those blood cells going! 

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