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What is Folic Acid? 
Why is it Important to Your Health?

Folic acid is a B vitamin that is also called B9. It is also referred to as Vitamin M, and Vitamin Bc.

Foods that are naturally high in folic acid include leafy vegetables (such as spinach, broccoli, and lettuce), okra, asparagus, fruits (such as bananas, melons, and lemons) beans, yeast, mushrooms, meat (such as beef liver and kidney), orange juice, and tomato juice.

Folic acid is needed for the proper development of the human body. It is involved in producing the genetic material called DNA and in numerous other bodily functions. It helps prevent changes to DNA.

Folic acid is used in combination with other B vitamins. B vitamins work together

Folic Acid is necessary to activate the absorption of B12.

Vitamin B12's primary use by the body is aiding in the production of red blood cells, and in helping to maintain the health of the central nervous system.  Both vitamins together help nerves to function properly.  Absorption of B1 into the body requires adequate supplies of vitamin B6, B12 and B9 (folic acid).

Folic acid is one of the B vitamins necessary to convert homocysteine to cysteine. Homocysteine levels are associated with a risk of heart disease & kidney disease. Cysteine is one of the components needed to create Glutathione which is the body’s master antioxidant and is found in every body cell.

Deficiencies of Folic Acid include ulcerative colitis, liver disease, alcoholism and kidney dialysis and anemia. Deficiencies are connected to colon cancer and cervical cancer. It is used to prevent heart disease and stroke.

Folic acid deficiency is also associated with memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease, hearing loss, eye disease – macular degeneration (AMD), osteoporosis, sleep problems, depression, nerve pain, muscle pains, AIDS and gum infections. A deficiency of folic acid is also linked to depression.

Folic acid is also needed with certain medications as the drug will deplete the body of folic acid. Check Drug Muggers which tells you which medications deplete the body of which nutrients. If you take medications, you need to read this book.

Folic acid can interact with certain drugs. It can result in the efficacy of the drug being lessened. You should always check with your pharmacist to see if you can take folic acid with the drug that you have been prescribed. (Pharmacists have a database to check for interactions of herbs, other drugs and some vitamins).

Make sure your B vitamin supplement includes Folic Acid.

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