"Since the original link of low folate status to neural tube defects was detected, we have fortified and glamorized intakes of folic acid beyond the Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI). However, when supplementing with folic acid, more isn’t necessarily better. The data at times are conflicting and even show duality—some folate is good but perhaps too much is harmful. Overall, the evidence supports the notion that a well-rounded intake of folate from vegetables appears safe, but overconsumption of folic acid from supplements and fortification of bread and cereal products may have a ricochet effect. The supplement industry is a multimillion dollar conglomerate, and more Americans take dietary supplements than ever before. A recent Nielsen poll revealed that half of Americans take dietary supplements every day, whereas another survey showed that 60% of Americans take a multivitamin every day. Multivitamins tend to have folic acid at levels at or above the DRI in order to prevent neural tube defects. In a fortified world, are we promoting disease while trying to prevent it at the same time? Only time and more studies will reveal the answer.
If you are interested in lower iron levels, folate (as opposed to folic acid), and natural sources of iodine, you can find it in these food-based prenatal supplements. Note: Although there are only a few on the market and not much research, some clinicians are started to recommend food-based supplements. Always discuss your supplement routine with your doctor or nutritionist.
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