Folic Acid (Vitamin B9 or Folate) is essential for the growth and maintenance of tissues, for the synthesis of DNA, for the development and proper functioning of the nervous system, for the production of new cells, and the maintenance and repair of cells. Along with Vitamin B12, Folic Acid participates in the formation of red blood cells and it’s important for maintaining brain, vascular, and immune system health.
Folic Acid participates in the formation of the nervous system of the fetus during pregnancy, so taking Folic Acid is very important for women of childbearing age and pregnant women, since it prevents some malformations and marrow and brain birth defects of the baby as well as decreases the chances of giving birth to a premature and low birth weight baby. Folic Acid prevents anemia by stimulating the formation of blood cells, such as red blood cells, platelets, and white blood cells. It prevents heart and brain diseases because it maintains the health of the blood vessels and reduces homocysteine, an influential factor for the development of this type of disease. In addition to this, Folic Acid strengthens the immune system.
This vitamin is found in green leafy vegetables, legumes, whole wheat bread, milk, eggs; in nuts and whole grains; in beef liver. However, foods that contain Folic Acid don’t contain it in large quantities, so it is advisable to consume it also through vitamin supplements (such as Total Mega Multi) and products fortified with folate.