Folic acid is backed to deliver important health benefits in the scientific literature and by regulators – but is over-consumption a real problem? asks Robert Verkerk, PhD, the founder, executive and scientific director of the Alliance for Natural Health International (ANH-I) in this guest article.
Without it, no cell can divide. It prevents birth defects like spina bifida. It reduces our risk of cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer's disease. It supports our immune system amd fuels our mitochondria to give us energy.
Yet despite having eight EFSA-approved health claims to its name, this humble vitamin can also be too much of a good thing; there's growing evidence that overdosing can increase our cancer risk. Welcome to the double-edged sword of folate, or to be more correct, folic acid.