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Do you have split cuticles or, as they are called ‘hangnails’?

You may be deficient in Folic acid

A test with the QUANTUM BIO-ELECTRIC SYSTEM will give you and answer in less than 15 minutes at Gwella health solutions

Folic Acid Also indexed as: Folate, Methylfolate, Vitamin B8

What does it do? Folic acid is a B vitamin needed for cell replication and growth. Folic acid helps form building blocks of DNA, the body’s genetic information, and building blocks of RNA, such as AMP, needed for protein synthesis in all cells. Therefore, rapidly growing tissue, such as a fetus, and rapidly repaired cells, like red blood cells and immune cells, have a high need for folic acid. Folic acid deficiency results in a form of anemia that responds quickly to folic acid supplementation.

Folic acid has been used in connection with the following conditions (refer to the individual health concern for complete information):

Celiac disease (for treatment of deficiency only)

Depression (for deficiency)

Gingivitis (periodontal disease) (rinse only)

High homocysteine

Pap smear (abnormal)

Pregnancy and postpartum support

Folic acid deficiency has also been common in alcoholics, people living at poverty level, those with malabsorption disorders or liver disease, and women taking the birth control pill. Recently, elderly people with hearing loss have been reported to be much more likely to be folic acid deficient than healthy elderly individuals.21 A variety of prescription drugs including cimetidine, antacids, some anticancer drugs, triamterene, sulfasalazine, and anticonvulsants interfere with folic acid.

Folic acid is needed by the body to utilize vitamin B12. Proteolytic enzymes and antacids inhibit folic acid absorption. People taking either of these are advised to supplement with folic acid.

Folic acid–containing supplements may interfere with methotrexate therapy in people with cancer.

Foods containing folic acid

· Dark green, leafy vegetables

  • Whole wheat bread

  • Lightly cooked beans and peas

  • Nuts and seeds

  • Sprouts

  • citrus fruits,

  • beets,

  • wheat germ, and meat are good sources of folic acid.

Another great product containing Folic Acid: Slippery Elm

Aptly named, this tree is truly slippery -- but it is also elusive in another way. Once used widely by American settlers, many wild slippery elm trees have succumbed to Dutch elm disease, making the trees less plentiful than they once were. Fortunately, slippery elms have not been lost forever: You can buy slippery elm products in health food stores. It has many uses, including as a popular herb used in herbal remedies to treat inflammations.

Slippery elm helps heal internal mucosal tissues, including the stomach, vagina, and esophagus.

When taken orally, mucilage in slippery elm coats the mouth, oesophagus and gastrointestinal tract with a slick residue that can soothe

· sore throats, stomach ulcers, diarrhoea, constipation diaper rash inflammatory bowel conditions and other gastrointestinal problems. The antioxidants found in slippery elm are also helpful in relieving inflammatory bowel conditions.

· Colitis and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). It is also similarly helpful in other inflammatory bowel conditions such as diverticulitis and diverticulosis.


Slippery Elm makes a wonderful poultice, applied locally: for drawing out toxins, especially those associated with boils, spots or abscesses

As a topical application, slippery elm can be used to relieve minor skin injuries such as burns, cold sores, razor burns, scrapes and sunburn. It can assist the removal of splinters.

Slippery Elm will help to soothe, heal and reduce swelling and pain. The species name fulva means "tawny" or "pale yellow" and refers to the light color of the pleasant-smelling powdered bark. Added to water, the powdered bark becomes a soothing mucilage. The mucilage moistens and soothes, while the herb's tannins are astringent, making slippery elm ideal to soothe inflammations, reduce swelling, and heal damaged tissues. Mucilage is the most abundant constituent of slippery elm bark, but the tree also contains starch, sugar, calcium, iodine, bromine, amino acids, and traces of manganese and zinc. Many people eat slippery elm to soothe and nourish the body.

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