Probiotics And Folic Acid - Is It Okay?

by Ava

Q. Is it safe to take the folic acid and probiotics everyday for the rest of my life or is there a time that I should take it for and then stop?

A. Probiotics are a natural part of the human diet and so are completely safe to take forever. We used to eat a diet much richer in these good bacteria and it is only in recent years that many people do not appear to be getting enough of them.

If you eat a diet rich in them you may get all you need from your food. Foods such as yogurt, aged cheeses, fermented vegetables like sauerkraut and even some traditionally fermented sausages are all rich in lactic acid bacteria and it from them that most of the probiotics come. Simply eating plenty of unprocessed fruits and vegetables will increase the amount you eat.

And if you can't get enough from your food (which can be a problem for some)then a good supplement will fill the gap.

I'm not an expert on folic acid but I would suspect that there is no reason why you couldn't take that forever too.

There is plenty of research that suggests that both probiotics AND folic acid can help prevent cancer. As 30 to 40% of cancers are caused through diet and lifestyle factors this does not seem surprising.

Some Bifidobacteria can actually help the body to product more folate - in particular Bifidobacterium adolescentis MB 227 (DSMZ 18352), B adolescentis MB 239 (DSMZ 18350), and B pseudocatenulatum MB 116 (DSMZ 18350)- so that by chosing an probiotic supplement that is strong in Bifidobacterium you could well be enhancing that result.

The strains named above have been patented so it is reasonable to assume that they will become available commercially.

In the mean time, a probiotic supplement that contains a good array of the Bifidobacteria strains is your best bet.Iflora Multi-Probiotic contains five different species of Bifidobacterium as well as other probiotics.

Folate is found in yeast, organ meat and leafy green vegetables. As probiotics are also found in and on leafy green vegetables, it does make these a very good source of getting all your good things at once.

We all know we're supposed to be eating more greens and the science certainly supports that idea.

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May 09, 2009
I'm sold on Probiotics
by: Kenneth Domke

I never even heard of them a month ago until I let one of our friends show us a presentation for Qivana. He started talking about L. acidophylis, B. bifidum, B. longum, B. lactis, I thought he'd lost his mind but he was a friend and we agreed to go on the Qore system (that's what they call the whole system you take) for 10 days. Man, I thought I was a pretty healthy guy but I feel awesome and my wife's diverticulitis which always seemed to be acting up, after she was on it about 4 days she's doing better than I've ever seen.

Man, there ain't nothin' wrong with taking probiotics all the time. I am 110% sold.

Apr 19, 2017
Folic acid Vs. Folate
by: Anonymous

I know this is an old article. For people reading it, I just want to point out that folic acid is a synthetic supplement and many people have gene variations and cannot methylate that form to usable form.

Jan 28, 2018
folic acid vs. folate
by: Anonymous

So glad that you pointed that out, that folic acid is not quite the same as folate that is naturally found in foods. I have MTHFR, homozygous, and therefore must steer clear of folic acid.

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