Giving Folic Acid the Time of Day

November 30, 2015

Dateline: Utopia, Texas
by Briana McDonald, Natural Health Writer

( Aside from during pregnancy, I honestly never considered giving folic acid the time of day. I knew it was important for my baby’s growing body and brain, but aside from creating life, I never found much of a reason to consume more of it until just recently. As it turns out, pregnancy isn’t the only time you can reap the benefits of folic acid. Whether you are pregnant or not, or don’t even have a uterus at all-it’s something every person can benefit from.

1.) Energy Boost – Folic Acid, also known as vitamin B9, is one of the families of eight water-soluble B-complex vitamins. Like all the B vitamins, it plays a role in the metabolism of fats, carbohydrates and proteins into glucose that the body burns for energy. In combination with vitamin B12, folic acid has been shown to significantly boost energy levels in people suffering from fibromyalgia.
2.) Protects the Heart – Folic acid, along with vitamin B6, B12 and betaine, can lower the levels of homocysteine in the blood, thereby contributing to lowering cholesterol and the incidence of plaque in the arteries.
3.) Alleviates depression- Doctors often recommend supplements with vitamins B6, B12 and B9 (folic acid) for treatment of chronic depression. The three vitamins work in concert to lower levels of homocysteine acid in the blood and relieve the symptoms of depression.
4.) Stronger Bones- Too much homocysteine in the body doesn’t only affect your heart health, it also increases your bone fracture risk and impacts bone quality by interfering with collagen formation.
5.) Cancer Prevention- While scientists aren’t certain exactly how, it appears that folic acid protects against cancer of the colon, breast, esophagus and stomach. Folic acid may even reduce tumor growth and risk of colon cancer in people with IBD
6.) Thicker Locks- All B vitamins are known to boost hair and skin health, so it’s no surprise that folate could actually help prevent serious hair loss.
7.) Clear Skin- Nutritional intervention is recommended to people suffering from adult acne, whose serum folate levels are often way too low.

All the ways in which we could reap the benefits of folic acid could actually fill up a book of its own but for this articles sake, I’ll keep it short. Some foods that are rich in folic acid include; black eye peas, wheat germ, beef, asparagus, lentils, walnuts, spinach, kale, peanuts, broccoli, barley, split peas, Brussels sprouts, almonds, oatmeal and cabbage. So stock up, pig out, and reap the benefits of folic acid.



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