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The Folic Acid Fallout

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According to a new study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, men who consumed the most folate in their diet had a lower risk of prostate cancer than those who ate less of the nutrient. But pay attention, guys: Men taking daily 1-milligram doses of folic acid—the synthetic version of the folate nutrient—were more than twice as likely to suffer from prostate cancer than those who did not take the supplement.

Folic acid is a synthetic version of folate, a basic nutrient found in green, leafy vegetables. The study explains that folic acid has a greater bioavailability than folate, meaning it delivers a greater dose to your cells when compared to its more-natural brother. As a result, the scientists believe that upping your folic acid intake overflows your cells with the nutrient, where as upping your folate consumption simply brings your level of the nutrient to prime levels.

So, stock up on a few tasty, folate-laden foods like bean burritos and spinach salads, and steer clear of the folic acid supplements.

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David Schipper – David began writing for CorePerformance.com in 2008, after spending six years at Men's Health magazine digging up the newest scientific research in health, weight loss, nutrition, muscle and cardiovascular fitness.

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Tags: Food, Supplements, Nutrients