Folic acid signs - fatigue, pale skin, shortness of breath, irritability.
Symptom Quiz & Video
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How to Correct a Folic Acid Deficiency
No Life Without Folic Acid
There would be no life without this B vitamoin. It controls the growth of cells and is involved, directly or indirectly, in every one of your body's chemical processes.
Q u i z !
Which of These 18 Folic Acid Warning Symptoms Do You Actually Have?
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It is One of the B Vitamins
Not Enough Can Cause:
Prevents Birth Defects
Notably, folic acid prevents birth defects in the neural tube. Therefore sufficient levels are especially important for women of childbearing age.
Reduces Arthritic Pain
As well, recent studies indicate that it, together with vitamin B-12, has been successfully used by sufferers of arthritis to reduce pain.
Controls Blood Vessel Damage
It is thought that this B Vitamin may also play a role in controlling blood levels of homocysteine, the amino acid which is believed to cause damage to blood vessels. Taking supplements of it, vitamin B-6 and vitamin B-12 has been shown to reduce the high level of homocysteine to normal. Therefore it is believed that folic acid may provide valuable protection against heart disease.
Teenagers are Low
Recent studies indicate that as many as 90% of North American teenagers are consuming insufficient amounts of this B Vitamin for optimum health.
Do Not Take High Doses
Do not take high doses (more than 15 milligrams) daily without consulting with your doctor. It's best to take it in combination with B vitamins.
Use a Supplement
Folic acid is one of the few nutrients which appears to be absorbed more easily from a supplement than from food.
Take Your Supplement
With a Meal
Take your supplement with a meal. Take a multivitamin/mineral tablet or a B complex tablet (with folic acid) daily.
- raw cabbage
- beet greens
- raw spinach
- raw parsley
- turnip greens
- pineapple juice
- wheat germ
- wheat bran
- chicken (dark meat)
Don't Ignore It
It's quite a common deficiency but even a mild deficiency shouldn't be ignored.
You are more likely to be deficient if you do not eat at least four to five one-half cup servings of vegetables daily.
It is Destroyed by:
- cigarette smoke
- chewing tobacco
- hard drugs
In food it is destroyed by
- prolonged exposure (of food) to fluorescent lighting
- refined sugar
- processed foods
Cut Back On:
Consider a Supplement and/or a Multi Vitamin containing this B vitamin and other B vitamins