Folate degradation due to ultraviolet radiation : possible implications for human health and nutrition

Borradale, David & Kimlin, Michael G. (2012) Folate degradation due to ultraviolet radiation : possible implications for human health and nutrition. Nutrition Reviews, 70(7), pp. 414-422.

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Folate is essential for human health in the prevention of megaloblastic anaemia and neural tube birth defects as well as roles in cardiovascular disease and cancer. Therefore research into environmental factors that may impact folate status, such as solar ultraviolet radiation, is of great health significance. In vitro studies have shown that ultraviolet (UV) radiation can degrade folate and folic acid in human blood and this has been confirmed in several human studies. Despite these findings, there is a dearth of epidemiological research into investigating the relationship between folate status and the links to solar UV exposure.

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ID Code: 52645
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Folate, Sun exposure, Neural Tube Defects
DOI: 10.1111/j.1753-4887.2012.00485.x
ISSN: 0029-6643
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 International Life Sciences Institute
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Deposited On: 22 Jul 2012 22:15
Last Modified: 05 Aug 2013 10:51

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