What does folic acid do for bacterial vaginosis?

Folic acid is a synthetic version of folate that offers the body a water-soluble B vitamin. Based on a study published in the “Journal of Nutrition” (September 2007), certain nutrients, such as folic acid, can have an effect on the severity of bacterial vaginosis [6]. Women with diets that receive an ample amount of folate were less likely to face severe cases of vaginosis rather than women who did not meet their recommended daily allowance.

Research suggests that increased intake of both folate and vitamin E improved immune response, which could lead to decreased risk of developing BV. Fortified-cereals, spinach, peas, beans, asparagus, papaya, bananas, breads, avocado, peanuts, romaine lettuce, and wheat germ offer decent sources of folic acid. You may also take a folic acid supplement. However, do not overdo it on the folic acid – high doses of the nutrient has been known to cause stomach problems, disrupt patterns of sleep, and cause skin reactions.

[6] “Journal of Nutrition”; Dietary Intake of Selected Nutrients Affects Bacterial Vaginosis in Women; Y.H. Neggers, et al.; September 2007

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