As the embryo develops, the nueral tube is what becomes the central nervous system, comprised of the brain and the spinal cord. Spina bifida is a disorder in which the nueral tube is not closed completely, resulting in a protrusion and/or exposure of the spinal column on the back of the baby. There are different degrees of severity of spina bifida malformations.
Another study published in the March 2005 Cancer Research, showed that ECGC, catechin (a natural antioxidant) present in green tea, has higher amounts of ECGC (Epigallocatechin-3-Gallate; antioxidant) than black tea, about 5 times higher. ECGC inhibits the enzyme dihydrofolate reductase (DHFR), which cancer cells need to be able to grow. ECGC is the target of anti-cancer drugs. The researchers found that the green tea catechin is similar to the anti-cancer medication methotrexate. Methotrexate works by preventing cancers cells from making DNA by inhibiting the DHFR enzyme. The ECGC kills cancer cells in the same way as the methotrexate. The main difference is the strength in which ECGC binds to cells compared to methotrexate. ECGC binds weakly to healthy non-cancerous cells, so those cells are not affected like healthy cells exposed to methrotrexate.
Both Fertilica Women’s Whole Food Multi and Baby and Me Multivitamin contain 800mcg of folate, to help prevent nueral tube defects.
- Sunflower seeds
- Garbanzo beans
- bell peppers
- collard greens
- romaine lettuce