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Folate RDAs may be too low for a "substantial minority" of the population -- Lancet study.

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FOLATE RDAs MAY BE TOO LOW FOR "SUBSTANTIAL MINORITY" of the population, Anne Molloy, PhD, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, et. al suggests in a study published in the May 31 issue of The Lancet. Based on research involving 560 Irish women, the researchers conclude that "a substantial minority of people in general populations may have increased folate needs" due to genetic deficiencies that render the Recommended Daily Allowances for folate (400 mcg/day for pregnant women, 180 mcg/day for other adult women and 200 mcg/day for adult men) insufficient.
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