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Most people associate the vitamin folic acid with pregnancy. However not only pregnant women, but each humans need a certain measure of Folsäure in the body, in order to remain healthy. Which consequences a Folsäuremangel has and how you can take Folsäure best to you, experience you in this contribution.

Folic acid belongs to the group of B vitamins and is also known as vitamin B9. Folic acid is essential, which means that the body cannot produce this vitamin on its own. It must be supplied to the body either through food or, if necessary, through preparations. The human body is able to store the vitamin for about three to four months. Nevertheless, regular intake of the vitamin is advisable in cases of deficiency symptoms.

Symptoms of folic acid deficiency

A severe deficiency usually does not go unnoticed, as some symptoms can develop over time. Annemia (anemia) is possible, but it occurs rather rarely. It is also possible that the thrombocytes, i.e. the red blood platelets, decrease. When healthy, these ensure the formation of crusts in wounds. If the number of thrombocytes is too low, bleeding from injuries cannot be stopped or can only be stopped with difficulty. Other symptoms are sudden weight loss, nausea, diarrhea and inflammation of the tongue. If inflammation of the tongue occurs frequently, this can be an indication of folic acid deficiency.

Vitamin B9 and vitamin B12 are needed in the body to break down homocysteine. If these vitamins are not available in sufficient quantities, the homocysteine in the blood may rise high and thus endanger the blood vessels. In the worst case, arteriosclerosis, a chronic disease of the arteries, can develop.

Folic acid during pregnancy

When planning a pregnancy, it is important to take sufficient folic acid beforehand. If there is a folic acid deficiency, there is a risk that the baby will be born with an open back. The first few days of pregnancy are crucial. Since most women do not usually learn about the pregnancy until the second or third week, it may already be too late at this point. The birth of a child with an open back is very rare. Nevertheless, the folic acid balance should be replenished as a precaution.

Reasons for folic acid deficiency

The reason for a folic acid deficiency can be mainly the intake of antibabypills. But regular or heavy alcohol consumption can also be responsible for it. It is also possible that the small intestine is not properly receptive or that the liver is diseased and cannot process the folic acid. An insufficient intake of folic acid-containing foods can also cause a deficiency.

Supply folic acid

Folic acid should primarily be taken in with food, even without deficiency symptoms. Pulses and germinated cereal grains are particularly suitable for this. If possible, these should not be made from wheat. Although wheat contains a lot of folic acid, it is harmful to health due to other ingredients. Green leaves, such as green leafy vegetables, parsley and garden cress, sunflower seeds, asparagus, bananas and yeast also contain a lot of folic acid. If you regularly include these foods in your diet, you should be adequately supplied with vitamin B9.

A deficiency can be tested in the blood. If such a deficiency is found, you can take a preparation. Make sure that it is methylated folic acid, as this is very well absorbed by the body and is very biocompatible. The abbreviation for methylated folic acid is: 5-MTHF. An intake of 600 to 800 micrograms per day is recommended.

In newborns, folic acid supplementation is not necessary if the mother has an adequate supply of folic acid and is breastfeeding the baby.

Folic acid is extremely important for the organism and a deficiency should not be underestimated. Try to eat as many foods containing folic acid as possible, so that there is no deficiency at all.

The flavour enhancer glutamate, which is indispensable for many food manufacturers and restaurants, poses many problems and dangers for our body. Many people do not even know how many foods they regularly buy contain this dangerous additive. In this article you will learn what glutamate does to the body, how to avoid eating it and how to recognize this food additive when you shop.

What glutamate is and what it is used for   Glutamate is a flavour enhancer which is contained in many finished products. The glutamate enhances the feeling of taste. It is often used in restaurants to make soups and sauces tastier. The additive is also contained in Maggi, vegetable stock and stock cubes. It quickly and easily adds flavour to food. Instead of these seasonings, you should rather use traditional spices and herbs that make the food just as tasty and spicy.

What glutamate does to the body  The addition of glutamate damages various parts of the brain stem. It makes you hungrier than you actually are, resulting in obesity and diabetes. But the biggest problem is the destruction of the brain. Every human being has a certain number of nerve cells from birth. Once these are destroyed, they can no longer regenerate. Glutamate destroys nerve cells. This process is also known as nerve cell loss and is responsible for diseases such as Alzheimer’s, dementia, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. The destruction of nerve cells is a slow process in the body. If you occasionally eat foods containing glutamate, this is not a tragedy, but you should avoid it if possible and only enjoy it in moderation.

The retina of the eye can also be damaged by frequent consumption of glutamate as a result of glaucoma, which can be caused by a glutamate-induced increase in pressure in the eye. There can also be swelling in the brain, which can cause headaches.

The China House syndrome and what’s behind it   The China House syndrome is an intolerance or allergy to glutamate that causes various symptoms in sensitive people such as headaches, dizziness, palpitations and sweating. The symptoms appear about 10 to 30 minutes after eating foods containing glutamate and can last for several hours in the worst case. The soy sauce in Chinese restaurants is a classic example of a high glutamate content. The symptoms can occur after eating food in such a restaurant. But even if there is no intolerance, a visit to the Asian should be a rarity.

Important for pregnancy  During pregnancy it is particularly important to avoid glutamate. This is a major problem for the growth hormones, so it happens that children become too small but at the same time overweight. Protect your child before birth by avoiding glutamate.

How to detect and avoid glutamate: Glutamate has various names on the packaging of foodstuffs. First of all, it is always healthier to eat clean, which means eating food that is as unprocessed as possible. Most packet soups and many other convenience products contain the additive, so they are not recommended. The food additive can be recognized under the names glutamate, flavor enhancer, yeast extract, spices, vegetable extract, flavors, and under the numbers E620, E621, E622, E623, E624, and E625.

There are very few finished products without glutamate. You can usually find these in well-assorted health food stores or organic food stores. But be careful, organic products can also contain glutamate.

To avoid possible illnesses, pay attention to your diet, cook and season as freshly as possible. Glutamate leads your brain astray and plays artificial tastes.
Sometimes glutamate even superimposes the original taste of a food.

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