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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Combating Obesity with Folinic Acid

Dr Peter Tunbridge recently appeared on Today Tonight to discuss the benefits of using folinic acid as part of an effective weight management program to combat obesity.

Outlined below is a brief summary of the discussion.

Obesity is a multifactorial condition caused by a number of factors such as:

-Hormone imbalances
-Inflammation
-Insulin resistance
-Genetics

Genetic influences can affect hormone balance, a large contributing factor to age-associated weight gain. It is believed that up to 50% of the population may have polymorphisms in the MTHFR gene. This leads to an inability to utilise and metabolise folic acid and ineffective methylation. In turn this may contribute to excess oestrogen levels, fluid retention, insulin resistance and weight gain.

Folinic acid is a metabolically active form of folic acid, and is able to be utilized by people with MTHFR polymorphisms. By promoting healthy methylation and metabolism of oestrogens, folinic acid has the potential to be highly effective in supporting weight management for conditions associated with hormone imbalances.

For more information on folinic acid, click this link

Source: Bio Concepts Pty Ltd.

The full transcript from the story can be found here

I have the MTHFR polymorphism and am currently taking Dr Vera's Activated B Complex, which contains folinic acid and other B vitamins

3 comments:

Kek said...

I have that same gene variation Charlotte, and added ordinary old folic acid to my supplement regime... but thanks for the link, think I'll get me some of this. :)

Charlotte Orr said...

Cool, glad to help!

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