By Cathy Burkemper


Why Is Folic Acid So Important?

What Can I Do For Fever Blisters?


Q:Why is Folic Acid so important?


A: Folic Acid, or Folate, is a very important nutrient for everyone, not just pregnant women.  In fact, the FDA requires food manufacturers to add it to grain products such as cereal and pasta.  It helps make normal red blood cells and prevents anemia.  It also produces serotonin, a neurotransmitter that keeps us clam; and norepinephrine, which keeps us alert.  Pregnant women are advised to take a minimum of 400 micrograms each day in order to prevent birth defects.  Folic acid is water soluble, so you don’t have to worry about taking too much, as your body will flush it out.  Foods rich in folic acid are dark leafy greens, legumes, strawberries and oranges.


Q: Every winter, I have a huge problem with fever blisters.  I even get them inside of my mouth.  They are very painful.  Any suggestions?


A: Fever blisters, cold sores or canker sores are usually caused by the herpes simplex virus.  Unfortunately, once you get the virus, it remains in your body and is triggered by a cold, flu, fever, the sun or wind, and/or stress.  Then you get the breakouts.  Taking 500 mg. of L-lysine, an amino acid, twice daily, will help fight the virus.  You can also apply a topical lysine cream.  A high dose B-Complex is also important, especially where stress is involved.  Colloidal silver, or chelated zinc are both very healing.  The zinc will also help kill the pain.  Try to keep your immune system in good shape so your body can fight off any invaders.


This herb information is for health education purposes only.  It is not intended to replace the services of licensed health practitioners.  Consult with a physician for any condition that requires professional care.


Do you have questions about herbs or vitamins?  Send them to Cathy Burkemper, CNHP and Certified Herbalist.  Write to:  Herbs & More, 16021 Manchester Rd., Ellisville, MO  63011.