by Bradley Gillespie, PharmD
Health Expert, Restless Leg Sufferer
Folate Supplementation in Restless Legs (RLS)
It has been well established, and accepted, that folate supplementation during pregnancy is standard of care, in order to reduce the incidence of neural tube defects. In addition, folate supplementation is encouraged in people at increased risk of heart disease and certain cancers.
Folate Deficiencies in Pregnancy
It appears that during pregnancy, when there is a lot of growth occurring, folate is used up more quickly, creating a deficiency of this important nutrient. A number of clinical studies have shown a relationship between these lower levels of folate and the incidence of Restless Legs (RLS) in women during pregnancy. In these studies, folate supplementation has been shown to be effective in the treatment of the symptoms of Restless Legs (RLS).
Folate Deficiencies in Familial Restless Legs (RLS)
Further to that, it has been shown that folate deficiencies are also found in patients with an inherited form of the malady, called familial Restless Legs (RLS). As in cases of pregnancy, it has been demonstrated that if folate levels can be returned to normal levels through supplementation, patients often experience fewer symptoms of Restless Legs (RLS).
Folate Deficiencies in Restless Legs (RLS)
In addition to folate’s role in supporting general wellbeing and good health, the relationships, described above, provide a positive linkage between deficiencies in folate and the incidence of Restless Legs (RLS). Although in both cases, folate deficiencies had separate causes, both leading to Restless Legs (RLS), logic dictates that an important consideration in the management of Restless Legs (RLS) is maintaining adequate blood levels of folate.
It is important to avoid folate deficiencies, since it has been shown that low folate levels can contribute to the symptoms of Restless Legs (RLS). As such, another critical treatment modality for Restless Legs (RLS) is folate supplementation.
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