Folate aka vitamin B9 is water soluble vitamin that plays an important role in your overall health and is a very important that it’s included in your diet either by food or supplementation. It aids in cell division and the production of new DNA, it also keeps your heart and bones healthy. A deficiency in folate can be very bad for your health in many ways and you might find you have the following symptoms…fatigue, canker sores in your mouth, run down often and more susceptible to colds, pale skin, mental sluggishness, anemia, irritability and even slow hair growth and cause premature greying of your hair. (the good news is that if the greying of hair has been caused by a folate deficiency once you improve your levels of folate/folic acid the hair should return to it’s normal colour.)
Folate supplementation is extremely important if you are pregnant or planning on falling pregnant as without it can increase the chance of birth defects. Supplementing with a minimum of 400mcg of folic acid a day can greatly decrease the chances. It’s still important to take during breast feeding as it can pass through breast milk too. Adding FSC Folic acid 400mcg supplement is an excellent way to make sure you are meeting this requirement.
Folic acid is the synthetic form of folate that will be found in most prenatal supplements. Check with your health care provider that the prenatal supplement you are taking has the correct amount of vitamins as they can all vary. You might also see it added to fortified cereals, bread, pasta and rice. Eating a diet rich in natural folate is important too as not only will you be getting your daily requirement of folate, but you will also be get loads of other vitamins and minerals from the folate rich foods.
Foods rich in folate are
- Beef Liver
- Spinach and other leafy greens
- Black-eyed peas
- Fortified rice
- Brussel sprouts
- Romaine lettuce
- Citrus fruits
- Nuts and seeds