- Q How much folic acid should a pregnant woman get every day?
Dr. Michael Roizen, Internal MedicineYou should get 800 micrograms (beyond the 400 mcg in your prenatal vitamin) of folic acid a day; some women need extra supplementation because their bodies aren't able to convert it to the form that's needed for DNA production, and doctors may prescribe... Full Answer
- Q How will folic acid help my Hunter's glossitis?
Since Hunter's glossitis is often a symptom of pernicious anemia, folic acid is used to manage pernicious anemia and Hunter's glossitis. Folic acid is a type of B vitamin. It is not necessarily a cure for pernicious anemia, which is characterized... Full Answer
- Q What are the health benefits of folic acid?
Dr. Michael Roizen, Internal MedicineStudies show 700 mcg of folic acid (folate) a day puts the brakes on hearing loss and helps keep arteries young (which keeps you and your sex life young). It also lowers risky homocysteine, an amino acid that can up the threat of heart disease... Full Answer
- Q Can folic acid supplements increase my risk for prostate cancer?
Dr. Arthur Crowley, UrologyA study performed approximately 4-5 years ago, revealed that high doses of folic acid supplements failed to protect against colon cancer. Additional analysis of the same study suggested a link between folic acid supplements and an increase risk of... Full Answer