by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist
December 14, 2014
By Cara Comini of Health Home and Happiness
Editor”s Note: Cara has done extensive research on how nutrition relates to disability, has used the GAPS diet protocols successfully with her own family, and strives to break down healthy habits into easy-to-accomplish changes for the average busy family. She uncovered the overlooked difference between folic acid and natural folate while doing research on the MTHFR gene mutation, and is alarmed that this isn’t more widely discussed especially in prenatal consultations.
Today she shares how 20-40% of our population do not produce enough of the enzyme needed to break down the synthetic folic acid found in supplements and fortified food into the usable form, and how folic acid supplementation and fortification may be contributing to many of our modern diseases. Just about every pregnant woman is told to supplement with synthetic folic acid rather than the natural form folate. This is alarming and is impacting a generation of children being born right now.
I would encourage you to read and consider this information very carefully!
As a mom of a child who has struggled with disability (see our story about GAPS and Autism here), I’ve made it a priority to be proactive when it comes to my children’s health, and I have seen their health blossom because of it. I carefully research nutrition in pregnancy, make it a priority to avoid genetically modified foods and the dirty dozen, insist that my children take cod liver oil, and even start my babies on liver as a first food.
One little nutrient slipped by me until recently, though, and I’m kicking myself now.