Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Folic acid - B9


Folic acid is a water-soluble vitamin. Also known as B9, it works best in conjunction with B6, B12 and Vitamin C.

Vitamin B9:
  • Is necessary for cell metabolism
  • Aids in red blood cell formation
  • Required for protein synthesis
  • Activates the brain
  • Counteracts depression

Sources of Vitamin B9:
Folic acid is found in:
  • Liver
  • Eggs
  • Dairy produce
  • Whole grains
  • Green leafy vegetables
  • Legumes
  • Yeast
  • Bananas
  • Oranges
  • Asparagus

Deficiency symptoms:
  • Anemia
  • Intestinal disorders.
  • Lack of energy
  • Mood changes
  • Receding gums
  • Cracked lips
  • Depression
  • Prematurely graying hair

People on medication for epilepsy should exercise caution with large amount of folic acid as it can change the functioning of their drugs. Pregnant women may be encouraged to take a folic acid supplement to prevent spina bifida in their babies. It may also reduce the risk of premature labour. Women taking birth control pills or HRT, people suffering from psoriasis, and anyone under stress or taking alcohol may benefit by taking extra folic acid.


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