Folic Acid(Folate)

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Folic Acid(Folate)

Folate Acid DeficiancyFolic acid is a water-soluble vitamin. It dissolves in water and is not stored in your fat cells. A diet low in fresh fruits, vegetables, and fortified cereals is the main cause of folic acid deficiency. In addition, overcooking your food can sometimes destroy the vitamins. Folic acid levels in your body can become low in just a few weeks, if you don’t eat enough folate-rich foods. Crohn’s disease, celiac disease, and anemia are all a cause of not having enough folate acid in your diet. They come with symptoms like grey hair, mouth sores, tongue swelling, growth problems, persistent fatigue, lethargy, pale skin, irritablility, and diarrhea.

Folic Acid Folate (Natural Forms)

Vitamins B6,B12,B9(synthetic forms)

Functions

1)Helps synthesize DNA, the genetic material in every cell,without it cells wouldn't be able to divide to form new cells.2)Especially important to any pregnant woman, with neural tube damage, such damage affects the brain and spinal cord and can cause mental retardation, paralysis, and premature death of the baby.3)Prevents nervous system from having bad reflexes, sensation, and strength.

Foods that contain Folic AcidLeafy green vegetables, such as Broccoli and SpinachBrussel SproutsPeasCitrusFruit such as Bananas and MelonsTomato JuiceEggsBeans and LegumesMushroomsAsparagusKidney and Liver MeatPoultryPorkShellfishWheat BranFortified Cereals

Sources:-http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vitamin_B6-http://www.healthline.com/health/folate-deficiency-http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-1017-FOLIC%20ACID.aspx?activeIngredientId=1017&activeIngredientName=FOLIC%20ACID-http://www.livestrong.com/video/1008486-vitamin-b12-nerve-reflexes/

Too Much FolateHigh doses of folic acid might cause abdominal cramps, diarrhea, rash, sleep disorders, irritability, confusion, nausea, stomach upset, behavior changes, skin reactions, seizures, gas, excitability, and other side effects.

Victor Escobar


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