Monday, April 6, 2009

New study on Inflammatory Bowel Disease and folic acid

According to a new study led by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco and UC Berkeley. Chidren with newly diagnosed cases of IBD have higher concentration of folate in their blood than individuals without IBD.This new finding questions already existing theory that patients with IBD are prone to folate deficiency .(The only difference is that previous theory refered to adult IBD where as latest research refered to paediatric IBD)How ever it would certainly opens the way for additional research into the role of folic acid . Follic acid, A water soluble vitamin B helps to produce and maintain new cells, moreover it has shown to prevent changes to DNA that may lead to cancer and birth defects,

IBD refers to illnesses that cause chronic inflammation in the intestines, including ulcerative colitis, which manifests itself in the colon, and Crohn's disease, which can arise anywhere in the intestinal tract.IBD occurs in children of all ages and can cause abdominal pain, diarrhea, fever, bleeding and nutritional deficiencies.

SOURCE and links

The study appears in "American Journal of Clinical Nutrition"

Difference between inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?'

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