- Supports healthy brain function and DNA synthesis.
- Helps regulate homocysteine levels and generate red blood cells.
- Boosts natural energy and encourages healthy moods..
Folic acid is a water-soluble form of the vitamin B9 that has traditionally been used to prevent anemia and encourage proper nutrient absorption. B vitamins help the body convert food (carbohydrates) into energy (glucose) and absorb fats and proteins. This bottle contains 400 mcg of folic acid from calcium folinate, which is the recommended source for optimal utilization by the body.
Only discovered in 1945, folic acid (also known as folate or folacin) is used by the body for intracellular metabolism, DNA synthesis, and conversion of homocysteine to methionine. It was given its name because it exists in high concentrations in dark green leafy vegetables (foliage) such as spinach, broccoli, and lettuce. Other natural sources of folic acid are apricots, avocados, carrots, egg yolks, liver, melons, whole grains, and yeasts. Unfortunately, modern diets tend to be deficient in this essential nutrient, which is why in 1998, U.S. food manufacturers were required to add folic acid to all cold cereal and baking flour products.
Folic acid supports healthy brain function by aiding in the production of DNA and RNA in the early stages of cognitive development. During these early stages, cells and tissues are rapidly generated and require optimum nutrients. Because of its vital role in brain development, pregnant women sometimes supplement with folic acid to prevent miscarriage and birth defects. Since vitamin B was added to grain foods in the U.S., the prevalence of neural tube defects in newborns has decreased. There is also sufficient evidence to suggest that folic acid may promote healthy moods and boost energy levels.
Working in tandem with other B vitamins, folic acid helps regulate blood levels of homocysteine, an amino acid that may cause damage to the arteries when present in high amounts. Additionally, folic acid helps generate red blood cells and directs iron throughout the bloodstream.
Folic acid also promotes glowing skin and silky hair, and plays a role in detoxifying the gastrointestinal system, liver, and kidneys to achieve healthy function.
Though low levels of folic acid are relatively common, alcoholism, inflammatory bowel disease, and celiac disease can dramatically increase a person’s risk of folic acid deficiency. Those who are worried about their folic acid levels can benefit from the liquid form of the nutrient, which is high potency and easy for the body to absorb. Place one drop under your tongue or in liquid daily, or as recommended by your health care professional.
- Though side effects are rare, very high doses of folic acid can cause stomach problems, sleep problems, skin reactions, and seizures.
- Taking folic acid may mask an underlying vitamin B-12 deficiency, which can potential cause neural damage.
- Folic acid may interfere with the effectiveness of the antibiotic tetracycline.
- Folic acid may also interfere with the effectiveness of Phenytoin, an anti-seizure medication, or make Pyrimethamine, a drug used to prevent malaria, less effective.