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Vitamin B9 (Folic Acid)

Vitamin B9 (Folic Acid) is essential for the production and maintenance of cells in the body.  It is essential for making red blood cells and in the prevention of anemia.

Benefits

– Needed to replicate DNA – especially important during pregnancy and infancy.
– Prevents anemia in children and adults.
– Helps prevent changes to DNA that may lead to Cancer.
– Helps prevent spinal bifida, malformation of the skull and anencephaly (malformation of the brain) of the fetus during pregnancy.

Pregnant and breastfeeding women, substance abusers and people who have had a portion of their gastrointestinal tract removed benefit the most from this vitamin.

Sources

Folic Acid is found in leafy vegetables like spinach and cabbage, bananas, beans, calf liver, citrus fruits and juices, fortified cereals, lentils and sprouts.

Special Considerations

You should consult your doctor before taking Folic Acid if you suffer from anemia or are currently taking methotrexate.

Deficiency

If you are deficient in Vitamin B9 you may suffer from anemia, have mood swings, and may have gastrointestinal disorders.  Babies may develop neural tube disorders such as spinal bifida if the mother is deficient during pregnancy.

Recommended Daily Intake

The recommended daily intake for men and women is 400 mg.  Pregnant women should take 600 mg and those who breastfeed their babies should take 500 mg per day.


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