Folate economy in pregnancy
ABSTRACT Pregnant women are prone to becoming folate deficient because there is a significant increase in folate requirement during pregnancy and folate intakes of pregnant women are often insufficient. Reduced folate levels in blood and neutrophilic hypersegmentation reflect a negative folate balance. Possible consequences of a low maternal folate status may be pregnancy complications such as abortion, abortus imminens, abruptio placentae, and congenital malformations. The role of folic acid in the etiology of neural tube defects has been discussed for decades. The importance of an adequate maternal folate status in the prevention of neural tube defects has been demonstrated by observational and controlled intervention trials. However, the mechanism of the protective effect of periconceptional folate supplementation is not completely understood. Metabolic disorders are probably involved in the pathogenesis of neural tube defects so that a relative folate shortage rather than folate deficiency seems to be responsible for the disturbed neural tube development, which can be compensated for by a higher folate intake.
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ABSTRACT: Reduced appetite and low food intake are often a concern in preschool children, since it can lead to malnutrition, a leading cause of impaired growth and mortality in childhood. It is occasionally considered that folic acid has a positive effect on appetite enhancement and consequently growth in children. The aim of this study was to assess the effect of folic acid on the appetite of preschool children 3 to 6 y old. The study sample included 127 children ages 3 to 6 who were randomly selected from 20 preschools in the city of Tehran in 2011. Since appetite was measured by linguistic terms, a fuzzy logistic regression was applied for modeling. The obtained results were compared with a statistical ordinal logistic model. After controlling for the potential confounders, in a statistical ordinal logistic model, serum folate showed a significantly positive effect on appetite. A small but positive effect of folate was detected by fuzzy logistic regression. Based on fuzzy regression, the risk for poor appetite in preschool children was related to the employment status of their mothers. In this study, a positive association was detected between the levels of serum folate and improved appetite. For further investigation, a randomized controlled, double-blind clinical trial could be helpful to address causality.Nutrition 03/2014; 30(3):274-278. DOI:10.1016/j.nut.2013.08.008 · 3.05 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: The use of biomarkers of early genetic effects, predictive for cancer, such as micronuclei (MN) in lymphocytes, may help to investigate the association between diet and cancer. We hypothesised that the presence of mutagens in the diet may increase MN formation. A 'pooled' standardised analysis was performed by applying the same experimental protocol for the cytokinesis block micronucleus assay in 625 young healthy women after delivery from five European study populations (Greece, Denmark, UK, Spain and Norway). We assessed MN frequencies in mono- and binucleated T-lymphocytes (MNMONO and MNBN) and the cytokinesis blocked proliferation index using a semi-automated image analysis system. Food frequency questionnaires (FFQs) were used to estimate intake of fatty acids and a broad range of immunotoxic and genotoxic/carcinogenic compounds through the diet. Pooled difference based on delivery type revealed higher MNMONO frequencies in caesarean than in vaginal delivery (P = 0.002). Statistical analysis showed a decrease in MNMONO frequencies with increasing calculated omega-6 PUFA concentrations and a decrease in MNBN frequencies with increasing calculated omega-3 PUFA concentrations. The expected toxic compounds estimated by FFQs were not associated with MN formation in mothers after delivery. In pregnant women, an omega-3 and -6 rich diet estimated by FFQ is associated with lower MN formation during pregnancy and delivery.Mutagenesis 10/2014; 29(6). DOI:10.1093/mutage/geu052 · 3.50 Impact Factor