Folic Acid Answers

November 13, 2015 @ 11:03 am
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Q1) Why does Shaklee use folic acid, instead of the form of this B vitamin (B9) found in foods?

Answer 1) Folic acid is more bioavailable and stable than food folate, and most of the clinical studies tested folic acid, rather than food folate, for the effect on health benefits.


Folic acid is one of many forms of vitamin B9. On a gram-for-gram basis, folic acid delivers twice as much B9 when compared to food folate, according to the Dietary Reference Intake (DRI)* by Institute of Medicine (IOM). This recommendation is based upon many research results on bioavailability, indicating that folic acid is more bioavailable than food folate.1

(*Dietary folate equivalents: 1 µg food folate = 0.6 µg of folic acid from fortified food or as a supplement consumed with food = 0.5 µg of a supplement taken on an empty stomach.)

Linus Pauling Institute, one of the leading academic nutrition research institutes in the world, also indicated that bioavailability of food folate is limited and varies from one food matrix to another; further supporting folic acid is more bioavailable than food folate.2 We encourage consumers to consume foods such as beans, lentils, and dark green leafy vegetables, such as spinach that are good sources of folate;3 but for supplementation and fortification, folic acid is the primary choice.4

No dietary supplements that we are aware of use folate actually derived from food; some use synthetic methyl folate,2 i.e., L-5-Methyl-tetrahydrofolic acid, in the form of a calcium salt.

Building Strong Bones Begins Early

October 30, 2015 @ 2:34 pm
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What Are the Essential Nutrients for Strong Bones?

Many nutrients play a role in proper bone development.

  • Calcium, phosphorous, and magnesium all are incorporated into and form the matrix of bone
  • Zinc, copper, and manganese are trace minerals that serve as catalysts for metabolic reactions involved in building bone
  • Vitamin D assists with the intestinal absorption of calcium; and vitamin K assists in the creation and proper function of a protein produced by bone-forming cells during bone matrix formation

Although all are essential to developing strong bones, the two nutrients of particular concern for growing infants and children are calcium and vitamin D.

Eating On The Go Could Lead To Weight Gain

August 26, 2015 @ 2:38 pm
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‘Eating on the go’ while trying to lose weight could prove counter-productive, with a new study finding that it leads to eating bigger portions later in the day, increasing risk of weight gain and obesity.
Published in the Journal of Health Psychology, researchers from the University of Surrey have found that munching while on the move led to more overeating than consuming food while watching TV or talking to a friend.

“Eating on the go may make dieters overeat later on in the day,” said lead author professor Jane Ogden from the University of Surrey.

“This may be because walking is a powerful form of distraction which disrupts our ability to process the impact eating has on our hunger. Or it may be because walking, even just around a corridor, can be regarded as a form of exercise which justifies overeating later on as a form of reward.”

The study looked at 60 females who were either dieters or non-dieters and gave them all a cereal bar to eat under three different conditions. The first group was asked to watch a five-minute clip of Friends while eating, the second was asked to walk around a corridor, while the third group was told to sit and chat to a friend. After, participants completed a follow-up questionnaire and a taste test involving four different bowls of snacks, including chocolate, carrot sticks, grapes and crisps. How much they ate was measured after they left the room.

The results showed that dieters ate more snacks at the taste test if they had eaten the initial cereal bar whilst walking around. They also ate five times more chocolate.

Ogden added: “Even though walking had the most impact, any form of distraction, including eating at our desks can lead to weight gain. When we don’t fully concentrate on our meals and the process of taking in food, we fall into a trap of mindless eating where we don’t track or recognise the food that has just been consumed.”

The importance of taking quality time to properly enjoy a meal has come under increasing focus recently. Despite mounting evidence that where and how we consume our food can have serious health implications, recent statistics showed that more than half of UK office workers regularly eat lunch at their desk. – See more at:

Benefits of Eating Fruit

July 1, 2015 @ 9:42 am
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Scientists at Washington State University have shown that berries, grapes and other fruits can convert excess white fat into calorie-burning ‘beige’ fat.

In the study, recently published in the International Journal of Obesity, mice were fed a high-fat diet, but those that also consumed resveratrol, the antioxidant found in fruits, gained about 40 per cent less weight. The mice needed the equivalent of just 12 ounces of fruit a day for humans to see the effect.

The positive effects of resveratrol have been widely publicized, but scientists had been unclear about how it helped to fight obesity.

“Polyphenols in fruit, including resveratrol, increase gene expression that enhances the oxidation of dietary fats so the body won’t be overloaded,” said professor of animal sciences Min Du. “They convert white fat into beige fat which burns lipids off as heat – helping to keep the body in balance and prevent obesity and metabolic dysfunction.”

Du said resveratrol is only one of the polyphenolic compounds found in fruit that provides beneficial health effects.

“We think you can increase your total intake of polyphenol compounds by directly increasing fruit consumption,” said Du. He said while the compounds are found in all fruits, they are especially rich in blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, grapes and apples. – See more at:

Farmer’s Markets Etiquette

June 17, 2015 @ 10:47 am
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Blue Zones

June 10, 2015 @ 3:09 pm
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Here is a quote from Dan Buettner, author of the book, Blue Zones: “I came to realize that the runway to health is through our mouth. . . What were 100-year-olds eating for the past 100 years? . . . First of all, there were eating a very high carb diet.”  Interesting read.

What about Multi-Vitamin/Mineral Supplements

June 1, 2015 @ 1:57 pm
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I know this could open up a less than productive dialog because so many, myself included, have a product preference.  Put aside your bias for the moment.  How does the average person cut through all of the hype and misinformation to find a supplement that can be fully trusted?

Its called “fasted cardio” and it is an interesting debate

March 25, 2015 @ 9:14 am
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What is the truth about Diet Soda

March 24, 2015 @ 12:25 pm
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Just read a new study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found that people who drank diet soda gained almost triple the abdominal fat over nine years as those who didn’t drink diet soda. The study analyzed data from 749 people ages 65 and older who were asked, every couple of years, how many cans of soda they drank a day, and how many of those sodas were diet or regular.

I have read about such studies before and many of the results had to do with the continuation of the “sweet tooth” rather than actual increase in belly fat.

Would like to have a reasoned dialogue on this issue that is based on solid science.  Any takers?

Increasing Blood Flow

May 28, 2014 @ 12:55 pm

“Working out may do more than build muscles.  A small study found that aerobic exercise increases blood vessel growth in muscle tissue and improves insulin sensitivity in people at high risk for type 2 diabetes.” -Source: Diabetes Care, Mar 4, 2014

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