Did you know…
Folic acid supplements is associated with an increased risk of cancers?
And increased risk of cognitive decline in older people?
What many don’t realise is that folic acid and folate are different things.
Folic acid is a synthetic, inactive product not found in nature.
It must be converted into the active form to make new cells, neurotransmitters and much more.
But 10-15 % of the population has a genetic defect for an enzyme (MTHFR) that results in…
High levels of unmetabolised folic acid and low levels of the active methyl form of folate.
High levels of unmetabolised folic acid means higher risk of cancer.
Less active folate slows the methylation cycle working leading to elevated homocysteine.
Elevated homocysteine is a known to cause inflammation, depression, brain fog, fatigue.
Due to the inflammation it’s also associated with strokes, cancer and heart disease.
It is also a modifiable risk factor for dementia. (Hence B vitamins are “good” for dementia)
Less active folate also means less new cells (think blood cells = anaemia) and less neurotransmitters (think mood and behaviour aka depression).
The bad news doesn’t stop there.
Due to neural tube defects we also now fortify foods with folic acid.
If patients take folic acid and it’s converted into the active form, the folate masks the megaloblastic anaemia found in B12 deficiency.
NOTE: B12 deficiency will cause fatigue and neurological symptoms wayyyy before the patient gets anywhere near low enough for anaemia.
Which is another reason I never allow patients to buy supplements in the supermarket.
The overwhelming majority are the folic acid form.
The good news is we can get the active form of folate (5-MTHF) in good quality supplements and avoid the risk.
See diagram at the foot of the email.
The only time I don’t give the active form is patients with a history of anxiety.
(They usually do best on a form called folinic acid which is one step before the active form.)
So when you get an elevated homocysteine blood test back from a patient you should do the Chiro Happy Dance.
Because you know for sure you can get it down which means the patient is going to have:
Plus it will allow your neuro-mechanical intervention to work.
All of which makes you look like a hero to your patients.
So you’ll be pleased to hear that the methylation cycle, elevated homocysteine and B12 deficiency are all covered in the ACN ‘Core Concepts in Chiropractic Nutrition’ program.
Issues like these are easy to pick up using the ACN health questionnaire and easy to treat with the ACN protocols.
All the content in the course is delivered online which means that unlike attending a professional development seminar:
The content will be delivered in stages to make sure you are fully conversant with the material as we move through it together.
And during the beta launch of the course you not only get direct access to me but you also save 50% off the full price.
Action to take today: Send me an email to reserve your slot for the program!
As always, don’t waste those valuable adjustments.