In my practice of more than 10 years,
I have come across many patients who
consume either single vitamin content supplements or
multivitamins contents supplement on their own without
any expert advice. As the awareness about
health is increasing, the consumption of these supplements is
also increasing. The consumption of these supplements
increases even more if a person is diagnosed with
cancer or, is at high risk of developing cancer. One such
supplement which is largely consumed is FOLIC ACID.
If you take folic acid supplement for
very long period of time, or if you are consuming any
folic acid fortified food for very long period of time then,
you are at high risk of developing cancer.
Health risks associated with increased folic acid supplement consumption
for longer period of time are:
- Cancer of intestine
- Cancer of bladder
- Prostate cancer or
- Breast cancer.
Are you aware about the difference between Folic acid & Folate?
Folic Acid is a supplement produced in the laboratory which
you take in the form of tablets or capsules. And,
Folate is a natural component available from food sources.
The good natural vegetarian sources of Folate are:
- Bengal gram whole &
- Green gram dal (moong dal)
These foods are easily available in your kitchen &
you can increase its consumption instead of taking
any folic acid supplements unless it is
advice by either your doctor or your dietitian.
Beware: Folic acid can be available as a single supplement, or
it can also be a part of multivitamin tablets of capsules. So,
don’t take any without expert advice.
Why to take artificial supplements when you can get
better quality components from natural sources?
Take folate, avoid folic acid…
That’s all for today.
See you next Tuesday with another Tuesday Tip.
Providing simple solutions for the complexities of life
Dr Bhumita Makwana
Your dietitian & cosmetic clinician.