Folic acid could help prevent suicide

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A recent study published in JAMA Psychiatry has found that folic acid could help prevent suicide.

Folic acid – a vitamin often taken by women who plan to get pregnant – could now aid in suicide prevention. Researchers at the University of Chicago analyzed the data of more than 800,000 people. They found that people taking folic acid “showed a 44% reduction in suicidal attempts and intentional self harm compared to those not taking it,” WISH TV reports.

Scientists believe the vitamin’s production of new cells also helps the brain. They believe the pandemic negatively impacted mental health, contributing to some higher rates of suicide.

The lead study author explained his support of folic acid as a possible treatment. He said, “It doesn’t cost a lot of money and you can get it without a prescription.”

You can buy folic acid over the counter. Learn more about the vitamin at cdc.gov.

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  1. “It doesn’t cost a lot of money and you can get it without a prescription.”

    For now. Dick Durbin and the Democrats have been trying to force prescriptions for vitamins for decades now, with the claim that needing a prescription will somehow make vitamins “less expensive”. These people are not serious individuals.

    This passed one of the houses of Congress earlier this year as part of an omnibus bill, so it is getting closer…

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