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What is Folic
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.
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
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
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
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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