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Folic acid causes higher prevalence of detectable unmetabolized folic acid in serum than B-complex: a randomized trial

Overview of attention for article published in European Journal of Nutrition, May 2015
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Title
Folic acid causes higher prevalence of detectable unmetabolized folic acid in serum than B-complex: a randomized trial
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European Journal of Nutrition, May 2015
DOI 10.1007/s00394-015-0916-z
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Rima Obeid, Susanne H. Kirsch, Sarah Dilmann, Cosima Klein, Rudolf Eckert, Jürgen Geisel, Wolfgang Herrmann

Abstract

Unmetabolized folic acid (UMFA) is common in serum of elderly individuals receiving folic acid (FA)-fortified foods or supplements. We studied the effect of supplementing FA or B-complex on serum concentrations of (6S)-5-methyltetrahydropteroylglutamate [(6S)-5-CH3-H4Pte] and UMFA in elderly people and explored factors associated with detectable UMFA post-supplementation. This is a randomized single-blind non-controlled trial on 58 elderly people using daily 400 µg FA (n = 31) or 400 µg FA, 10 µg cyanocob(III)alamin and 8 mg pyridoxine (n = 27) for a median of 23 days. Main outcome includes changes in concentrations of serum (6S)-5-CH3-H4Pte and UMFA. Total homocysteine declined by a median of 1.6 (p = 0.074) in the FA and 1.3 µmol/L (p = 0.009) in the B-complex arms (p = 0.66 between the arms). Serum (6S)-5-CH3-H4Pte significantly (p < 0.001 vs. baseline) increased by a median of 9.2 and 6.5 nmol/L in the FA and B-complex groups, respectively (p = 0.152 between the groups). Compared to FA, B-complex reduced cystathionine and caused lower post-intervention serum UMFA, percentage of UMFA to (6S)-5-CH3-H4Pte and prevalence of UMFA ≥ 0.21 nmol/L. Higher serum cystathionine and whole-blood folate predicted higher post-intervention serum UMFA. FA caused higher UMFA as compared to B-complex. Pyridoxine appears to improve folate recycling. Data on serum UMFA should be interpreted in relation to other vitamins involved in folate metabolism. Serum UMFA is suggested to play a sensory role through which the cell recognizes FA available for metabolism via dihydrofolate reductase.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Canada 1 3%
Unknown 31 97%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 6 19%
Unspecified 5 16%
Professor 3 9%
Lecturer 3 9%
Student > Master 3 9%
Other 12 38%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 9 28%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 8 25%
Unspecified 6 19%
Nursing and Health Professions 5 16%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 1 3%
Other 3 9%

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This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 17. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 11 May 2018.
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