The ever-growing benefits of folic acid (vitamin B9) become clearer, nutmeg may increase our lifespan, and low vitamin D levels are linked to inflammatory bowel diseases.

Every week we discover inspiring, informative, and sometimes shocking health-related news. From new studies to insightful analysis, here is what you need to know this week:

  • Folic acid (also known as folate or vitamin B9) levels in pregnant women may be linked to the immune cells of their children. Folic acid, already connected to brain development in children, seems to play an important role in other functions. Too much or too little folic acid can be harmful to babies. Huntsman Cancer Institute
  • Key nutmeg ingredient may have positive health effects. A new study showed that Nectandrin B (found in nutmeg) extended the lives of fruit flies by 42.6%. The study indicates that additional research is needed to determine the anti-aging effects of NecB on humans. Aging
  • Low vitamin D levels are associated with greater inflammation symptoms in people with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). A new study investigated the link between vitamin D levels and inflammatory bowel diseases, including Crohn’s disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC). Vitamin D levels were lower in people with greater symptoms and disease markers. Medicine