Neural Tube Defects

The fortifiers and the non-fortifiers - who is doing what when it comes to folic acid and neural tube defects? © iStock.com / eyegelb

Special edition: Gender-specific nutrition

Folic acid fortification: The current global state of play

By Lynda Searby

To date 75 countries globally have implemented mandatory fortification programmes for folic acid with the aim of preventing neural tube defects (NTDs) in babies. Yet despite growing calls from NGOs, health experts and researchers, the 28 EU member countries...

Will the UK follow in Sweden's footsteps with mandatory vitamin D fortification? © iStock.com / Zerbor

UK spotlight falls on mandatory vitamin D fortification

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

The re-emergence of the Victorian-era condition rickets in the UK has put the spotlight back on vitamin D intakes, and a recent advisory committee report will likely spur debate on the need for mandatory fortification.

Food Supplements Europe (FSE):

EFSA: "Increasing maternal folate status contributes to the reduction of the risk of NTD.”

EFSA (finally) backs folate supplements for neural tube defects

By Shane STARLING

Europe’s head science agency has joined other international authorities in backing B vitamin folate’s ability to reduce neural tube defects (NTDs) like spina bifida and hydrocephalus in early-stage foetuses.

Oxford researchers say reduced homocysteine levels don't reduce CV events

Meta-analysis questions folic acid’s heart benefits

By Stephen Daniells

Increased intakes of folic acid – a synthetic form of folate – may decrease blood levels of the amino acid homocysteine, but this does not translate into reductions in cardiovascular events, says a new meta-analysis from the University of Oxford.

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