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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.

When it comes to neck tensions, the cervical spine is understandably often thought of. However, the cervical spine can be the cause for many other problems where the connection is not so intuitively obvious. These include feelings of weakness, fatigue, inflammation in the body, lack of resistance to stress, anaemia or tension in the whole body and not just in the neck area.

The main problem of the cervical spine is its hyper mobility. If the small vertebral bodies move too much, this can lead to health problems. The reason is that the vertebral bodies themselves or the cone of the second vertebra exert pressure on nerves or blood vessels when they move too much. You usually do not perceive this pressure yourself and no pain arises. The body nevertheless reacts by producing histamine and nitric oxide.

Histamine makes tissue swell. This serves the body as a protective mechanism against an attack. However, overproduction can lead to swelling of the brain. This painful swelling is known as migraine. In frequent migraines, the cause can therefore be hyperactivity of the cervical spine.

Nitric oxide leads to two main problems. On the one hand, it prevents the proper oxygen exchange in the cell, thus limiting its activity. Secondly, vitamin B12 is needed to neutralise nitric oxide, which can result in a deficiency.

 
Vitamin B12 for support 
When compensating for a B12 deficiency through vitamin supplementation, you should make sure that the vitamin is taken in the form of methylcobalamin or adenosylcobalamin. In these two forms, B12 passes directly into the bloodstream without being metabolized and only a small residue can be absorbed at the end of the small intestine. It can be taken without any problems via lozenges. However, in the case of an overly mobile cervical spine, the requirement can be 2000 units up to four times a day.

Causes for an immobile cervical spine can be congenital or acquired. In the case of a Caesarean section or forceps delivery, excessive pull on the head may already cause the cervical spine to overstretch. Accidents and further strain on the cervical spine later in life can also lead to hypermobility.

The already mentioned administration of B12 offers a solution. Until the cause has been eliminated, the negative consequences of over-mobility in the cervical spine can be partially compensated for.

 
Improvement of the sleeping place 
A second approach is to improve the sleeping area. If the pillow has a suboptimal height or if you sleep on your stomach, a permanent strain can be put on the cervical spine due to an unfavourable head position. A good pillow and sleeping on your side or on your back are therefore important. Especially when the complaints are at their worst immediately after waking up, everything points to this cause.
 
Helpful methods 
It is also possible that a strengthening of the cervical spine is necessary. Experience has shown that the Cantienica method (www.cantienica.com) is a particularly effective and gentle way to achieve this goal. Apart from this, the method of Liebscher and Bracht (https://die-praxis-bamberg.de/methoden/lnb-schmerztherapie/) is also considered very helpful.
 
In order to minimize the discomfort, it is important to prevent further oxidative stress away from the cervical spine. Typical stressors here are amalgam fillings, smoking or excessive alcohol consumption. In addition, the addition of minerals and the right diet can help the body to resume its healthy functions.

In everyday life, posture is also crucial. Depending on whether too much strain is placed on the cervical spine when looking up or down, this movement should be carefully limited in everyday life. Looking down for too long is often a problem when reading or working on a laptop and stretches the cervical vertebrae. Looking up tends to be indirect. Due to an inadequate, forward slumped posture, the head lies at the back of the neck, even though one is only looking straight ahead. Therefore, an upright posture should always be observed.

With a few simple changes, you can do a lot against complaints for which the cervical spine is responsible.

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