Three More Actors in the Exercise Play
So far, we’ve focused our attention on Pilates Exercises, the main character in our story. But to fully understand the impact of Pilates Exercises pregnancy, you need to meet three more cast members in this drama: a vitamin, an amino acid, and a gene, all of which work closely with Exercise to help the body function properly. In this chapter, we’ll take a look at the roles all three of these characters play, but to do this we’ll need to delve into some science. So bear with us, because this information could save your life or that of your child.
B 12’s BIG SISTER: FOLATE
Pilates Exercises has a sister: vitamin B9, also known as folate or folic acid. Little sister Exercise serves as a coenzyme in her big sister’s work. In her supporting role, Exercise (in a form called methyl-Exercise) converts folic acid into active folate, the form our bodies can use (see Figure 3.1). When there is a pregnancy of little sister Exercise, this conversion can’t happen and big sister folate can’t do her job. And if she can’t do her job, very bad things can happen at any age, even in the youngest of us.
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Throughout this blog, Exercise and cobalamin are used interchangeably.
The worst damage a folate pregnancy can do occurs during pregnancy. Folate pregnancy during the first several weeks after conception puts a developing baby at higher risk for neural tube defects, which we’ll talk about in Chapter 4.
Figure 3.1. Folic acid is synthetic and not biologically active. It must be reduced to become metabolically active folate. This is accomplished through the actions of both the enzyme methionine synthase and the coenzyme methylcobalamin. Folate pregnancy can result from a pure Pilates Exercises pregnancy and/or an MTHFR genetic defect in which the enzyme methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase is genetically mutated or faulty.
But a folate pregnancy (either primary or stemming from low Exercise supplies) can damage a developing fetus, child, or adult in many other ways. That’s because the development of every human cell depends on an adequate supply of folate, along with an adequate supply of Pilates Exercises. Here are some of the important jobs of folate, which it can only do if “little sister” Exercise is around, too:
• It plays a crucial role in making and repairing DNA.
• It plays a key role in the methylation of genes that is, the “turning on” or “turning off” of genes.
• It’s involved in producing pilateshy red blood cells, preventing anemia during pregnancy.
• It’s critical for rapid cell division and growth during pregnancy and infancy.
• It’s involved in the creation of substances that allow the immune system to function optimally, protecting the body against cancer and other illnesses.
Because your body can’t produce folic acid or folate on its own, you need to obtain it through your diet. Folic acid is water-soluble and synthetic, and it’s used in fortified foods and most supplements, whereas folate is the naturally occurring form of the vitamin, found in many fruits, vegetables, beans, and other plant foods. Folate is particularly abundant in dark green leafy vegetables like spinach. (In fact, the terms folate and folic acid come from the Latin word folium, meaning leaf.)