Folic Acid, also known as Folate or Folacin is one of the B-complex vitamin.;
It is needed for energy production and in the formation of red blood cells. It is also vital to healthy cell division and replication, and to tissue growth.
Folic Acid works closely with vitamin B 12.
How Folic Acid can help you
Helps prevent neural tube birth defects such as spina bifida
Aids metabolism of protein.
Needed for energy production.
Needed for production of red blood cells.
Needed for healthy cell division and replication.
Symptoms of deficiency may include
Anemia, fatigue, irritability, weakness, sleeping difficulties, pallor
Folic Acid deficiency can cause neural tube defects.
It is for this reason the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) recommends that all women of childbearing age take 400 mcg of Folic Acid daily.
Natural food sources
Deep green leafy vegetables, beef, lamb, pork, chicken, liver, whole wheat, bran, yeast
Some things you should know
The use of oral contraceptives may increase your need for Folic Acid.
You are more likely to be deficient in Folic Acid if you are pregnant, an alcoholic, a senior citizen, on a low calorie diet or have sickle cell anemia.
Stress may increase your body’s need for Folic Acid.
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