Water soluble. Plays a major role
in cellular metabolism including the
synthesis of some of the components
of DNA. Recent studies have suggested
that folic acid supplements may be
effective in lowering the risk of
Essential for the formation of red
Reduces damage to DNA.
Helps to reduce the level of homocysteine
in the blood. (Homocysteine is an
amino acid that is believed to cause
premature aging, heart disease and
Protects arterial aging.
Builds up resistance to infection
Essential for genetic code transmission.
Prevents spina bifida (birth defect).
Possibly spina bifida.
Apricots. Avocado. Asparagus. Artichokes.
Bananas. Black-eyed peas. Beans. Carrots.
Chickpeas (garbanzo beans). Egg yolks.
Melon. Orange juice. Green leafy vegetables
(spinach, asparagus and broccoli).
Lentils. Liver. Whole grains. Yeast.
For adults over 13 years - 400 micrograms
For pregnant women - 600 micrograms,
(and lactating women, 500 micrograms).
EU RDA: 200-360 mcg
Stress. Alcohol. Caffeine. Tobacco.
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There are many people at risk of
deficiency, including heavy drinkers,
pregnant women, the elderly, people
on low-fat diets. For those in these
categories, supplementation up to
800mcg is recommended.
Adequate folic acid intake is associated
with a reduced risk of neural tube
birth defects. It is recommended that
all women of childbearing age consume
at least 400 micrograms of folic acid
Toxic in large doses and can cause
severe neurological problems. Do NOT
take if you have or suspect B12 deficiency