Folate, Vitamin M

Health Benefits

Folic Acid is a water soluble vitamin, required from the diet in combination with Vitamin C and Vitamin B12, to breakdown protein foods.

Folic Acid is considered a brain food, essential for the formation of red blood cells, energy production the health of the nervous system.

Folate may help depression and anxiety. Folic Acid may help the general health of the digestive system.

It is also required for the absorption of the minerals Iron and Calcium, important for bone marrow and red blood cell formation.

The formation of genetic cells, D.N.A. & R.N.A. cannot divide property if folic acid is lacking from the diet. Its function as a coenzyme is important for healthy cell division and replication.

Folic Acid is also important in regulating homocysteine levels. High levels of homocysteine (an amino acid) are associated with increased risk of atherosclerosis, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease and age related macular degeneration (ARMD).

Essential for pre conception care and pregnancy as it helps regulate embryonic and fetal nerve cell formation, and may prevent neural tube defects such as spina bifida and anencephaly. Studies have also shown it may prevent premature birth.

Folic Acid is necessary to prevent toxemia and anemia and essential for pregnant and lactating women to assist in the healthy development of the child.

Folic Acid slows graying of hair and improves the condition of the hair and skin; hair loss, acne, psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis and vitiligo.

A sore red tongue is one of the signs of folate deficiency, cracks on lips, weight loss, headaches, growth impairment, weakness, mental sluggishness and reproductive failures etc.

Therapeutic Uses

Arthritis, leukemia, arteriosclerosis, Alzheimer's, hypertension, stroke, thrombosis, mental and physical fatigue, mental illness, memory loss, ulcers, glandular exhaustion, gout, cancer, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, Gout, acne, AIDS, alcoholism, menstrual problems, poor libido, genetic abnormalities, Down's syndrome, neural tubular defects, cancer, male impotence, male infertility, pregnancy, miscarriage, premature infants, lactation, cervical dysplasia, zinc deficiency, stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, panic disorders, constipation, intestinal parasites, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, restless leg syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, alcohol withdrawal syndrome, asthma.

Antagonists: Oral Contraceptives (OCP), cooking, microwave, malabsorption problems, aspirin, alcohol.

Dietary Sources

Protein Foods
Starch Foods

A Guide to Vitamins Found Naturally in Food

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