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Purnabha has launched new eggs to meet the demand for folate

Renata Limited has brought ‘folate eggs’ for the first time in the country’s market to meet the demand for vitamin B9 or folate. Folate eggs contain 35 percent more folate or vitamin B9 than regular eggs. This information was informed in a press release sent by the company.

One of the various vitamins in eggs is vitamin B9 or folate. Folate plays a role in breaking down food into nutrients, increasing blood cells and developing DNA-RNA. For this reason, folate is considered an essential nutrient for children and pregnant women.

Many people take folic acid supplements to meet the body’s folate needs. But these supplements have to go through several chemical processes to be converted into folate in the body. For this reason, experts recommend consuming folate-rich foods directly.

The folate found in eggs is essentially a modified form of folic acid added to chicken feed. But chicken stomach acid destroys a large part of that folic acid. Therefore, the amount of folate in normal eggs is relatively low. Renata’s nutraceuticals division Purnava has brought ‘folate eggs’ for the first time in the country’s market.

A clinical trial conducted at Renata’s Farm in Valuka found that Purnavar’s folate eggs contained 75 micrograms of folate. It is 35 percent more than normal eggs. According to Renata, Purnavar’s folate eggs are regularly tested in the laboratory by high performance liquid chromatography.

Director of the Institute of Nutrition and Food Science of Dhaka University Professor Dr. Khaleda Islam. He was also involved in the process of developing the nutritional value of folate eggs.

While being a doctor in the Gynecology Department of Dhaka Medical College Hospital, he saw various problems of pregnant women due to lack of folate. Basically from that idea worked on this egg production process.

He said that folate is important in the formation and growth of red blood cells, which plays a role in reducing birth defects in the neural tube, spinal cord and brain of the fetus of pregnant women.

Folate deficiency can lead to cleft lip and palate, cleft palate, cleft palate, pre-term delivery, low birth weight and increased risk of miscarriage. As a result, it is possible to reduce many risks by eating these eggs regularly, he commented.

“Doctors suggest drugs to meet the folate needs of women, children and teenagers. But by eating these eggs, there will be no need to take drugs. Folate needs will be met naturally,” added Dr. Khaleda Islam.

Md Sirajul Haque, Director, Animal Health Division, Reneta, said, “Especially because these eggs are produced, the price of these eggs is a little higher than other eggs. Because these eggs will meet the requirement of human folate, which has to be bought as medicine. As a result, the cost of medicine will not be there. .”

The daily demand of eggs in Bangladesh is about 4.5 million. Out of this, 2.5 crore eggs are supplied by large poultry companies like Kazi Farms and Paragon. And the rest of the demand is met through the rural marginal farmers.