Congenital heart disease risk decreased with the help of folic acid
Folic acid is a type of vitamin of the B group, which, among other efficient purposes, improves the cardiovascular system and contributes to the production of red blood cells. Its positive effect on the cardiovascular system and heart health has been recently associated with decrease in congenital heart defects risks.
The study that aimed to see how folic acid can reduce the risk of congenital heart disease, analyzed the impact of the high consumption of food, rich with folic acid, on the decrease of certain types of congenital heart disease. Studying more than 5 million births during a period of more than twenty years, the researchers found that the high consumption of food, rich with folic acid, can reduce the risks of congenital heart diseases by almost 11%, considering a number of side factors, such as various pregnancy complications, a history of pregnancy terminations or maternal age.
Taking into account the study results and considering the unquestioning positive effect of Vitamin B on cardiovascular system and heart health, the researchers suggest that folic acid should be included in higher amounts in the diet of pregnant women.
Apart from the study results, considering the rapid fetus growth and development during pregnancy, it is important to consume higher amounts of folic acid as it is contributes to the production of new red blood cells. Besides, it is also important not to allow the folic acid deficit as it leads to a condition called neural tube defects. While folic acid contributes to the production of red blood cells, its deficit may also lead to the development of anemia.
Taking into account the importance of the sufficient amount of folic acid during pregnancy, study suggest that women who are preparing to get pregnant, may include the diet changes towards higher folic acid amount in the preparation process. In order to make sure that sufficient amount of folic acid is consumed, women may also consider the food supplements, especially during pregnancy.