The Long List of Health Perks Contained in Folic Acid

spinachIf you or your partner has ever been pregnant, no doubt you have heard about folic acid. It’s important in the process of conception, improves fetal development and prevents some defects in a growing baby. It’s not just pregnant women, however, that need folic acid. On the whole, not enough people get enough folic acid in their diets. Here is what folic acid can do for you and how to get more of it!

Energy

Folic acid is also known as folate, or vitamin B9. As one of the eight b vitamins, it helps the body to convert the food you eat into glucose, and glucose provides you with energy. When you combine it with vitamin B12, it has been shown to significantly boost energy levels in people with fibromyalgia.

Improve Mood

Folic acid is a micronutrient, and when you combine it with B12 it can not only boost energy, but may even contribute to improving recurring mood disorders in some people. Folic acid can elevate serotonin levels in the brain, and that may explain its mild antidepressant effect.

Heart Health

Nearly half of all deaths are due to cardiovascular disease and its side effects. In fact, one risk factor of stroke is elevated concentrations of homocysteine in the body, which has been down to damage the arteries and vessel walls. Folate can help to reduce homocysteine levels and because of that could play a role in protecting your heart.

Strengthen Bones

The aforementioned high homocysteine levels in the body don’t just impact your heart, but can also increase your bone fracture risk too. It interferes with collagen formation which has a negative impact on bone quality.

Thicker Hair

If you are looking for more voluminous locks, then add some more folic acid to your diet! All B vitamins are known to increase the health of hair and skin, so folate may actually help to prevent hair loss!

Be Acne Free

Often, people with adult acne have low serum folate levels. Adding folate can help improve the health of your skin and help you say goodbye to that adult onset acne.

What to Know

Folate is a water-soluble vitamin, so it has to be replenished regularly – that means several times a day. It’s also very sensitive to heat and light, so if you’re consuming folate-rich food make sure you prepare them as gently as you can.

Sources of Folic Acid

There are several things you can incorporate easily into your diet to get your folic acid. Try black eye peas, wheat germ, beef, asparagus, lentils, walnuts, fresh spinach, kales, peanuts, broccoli, split peas, almonds, oatmeal and cabbage – just to name a few.

If you have any questions about adding nutritional supplements to your diet, talk to your chiropractor today!

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