Folic acid benefits our health in more ways than we realize. In this article, I’d like to tell you what I have learned about this vitally important vitamin. Folic acid, in case you don’t already know it, is Vitamin B9.
Folic acid helps our metabolism along with keeping us healthy at a cellular level. Folic acid helps us to produce both the red and white blood cells. So this in turn, benefits our immune system. So as a result of how folic acid can help both types of cells, it has advantages for anemia.
It has also been known that folic acid can help in the prevention of colon cancer and heart disease. The reason that folic acid is so beneficial in these ways is because it is productive in the removal of additional homocysteine from our blood levels. When a person has too much homocysteine in the blood, it is very destructive to artery health.
When a woman is pregnant, folic acid is essential for both her and the baby she is carrying. Folic acid has proven that it reduces neural tube defects in the unborn baby, and the babies are also less likely to be premature, and carried full-term. So all women should take enough folic acid before the conception and all during conception to help ensure better health for the child.
Folic acid has also demonstrated the fact that it reduces the pressures on blood vessels. This benefit in turn helps to lower hypertension and/or prevent it in the first place.
Lack of folic acid can also cause depression problems in some people who don’t get enough. Folic acid is a vitamin that is known to have some control over the brain’s neurotransmitter serotonin, which plays a role in depression problems.
Anyone in general that has a deficiency in their folic acid levels in the body are likely to experience a sore mouth, causing ulcers, swollen tongue, diarrhea, and poor growing in children that lack this vitamin. Folic acid, then, keeps the proper balances of many nutrients in the body to avoid these problems.
Besides supplements for folic acid, there are many foods that have folic acid naturally. Eating plenty of fresh green vegetables, (such as broccoli and spinach,) are very high sources for getting folic acid into your diet. Fruits such as oranges, and grapefruits have folic acid along with whole grains such as oats and bran cereals.
The total intake recommended for folate daily is at least 400 micrograms daily.