This week is National Folic Acid Awareness Week, and Folic Acid should be part of a healthy lifestyle every day of the week. Your body uses Folic Acid every day to stay healthy, and the National Council on Folic Acid recommends taking vitamin with at least 400mcg Folic Acid every day.
What is Folic Acid?
Most people don’t know that it’s difficult to get certain vitamins from food alone. Folic Acid is a synthetic form of the naturally occurring folate in foods. Folate is found in foods such as leafy green vegetables, beans, liver and some fruit. Folic Acid is found in multivitamins and fortified foods such as breakfast cereals, pasta and bread. Folic Acid is water soluble, meaning the body does not store it and it passes through your body very quickly; but is easier for your body to absorb than folate.
Folic Acid is an essential B-vitamin; therefore everyone needs it to stay in good health. It aids in the production of DNA and RNA, the body’s genetic material, and is especially important when cells and tissues are growing rapidly, such as in infancy, adolescence and pregnancy. It also works closely with vitamin B-12 to help make red blood cells and help iron work properly in the body.
It’s fairly common to have low levels of Folic Acid. Alcoholism, inflammatory bowel disease ad celiac disease can cause folic acid deficiency. Folic acid deficiency can cause poor growth, tongue inflammation, gingivitis, loss of appetite, shortness of breath, diarrhea, irritability, forgetfulness and mental sluggishness.
Who needs Folic Acid?
We all do. Everyone needs Folic Acid every day. The combination of Folic Acid, B-6 and B-12 plays a key role in the breakdown of homocysteine, and maintaining a low homocysteine level is associated with a healthy heart*, a healthy immune system* and sustained energy*.
Women especially should take Folic Acid every today. Taking Folic Acid before pregnancy begins is an important way to reduce neural tube defects (NTDs). These birth defects occur in the first weeks of fetal development, often before a woman knows she’s pregnant.
Superior Source Works For You!
Superior Source has 37 different sugar-free vitamins that contain Folic Acid, many of which can be found at your favorite online retailers including iherb.com, PuritansPride.com, cvc4health.com, vitacost.com, evitamins.com, LuckyVitamins.com as well as at brick and mortar stores including Vitamin Shoppe, Whole Foods and many leading vitamin stores.
No matter where you purchase vitamins with Folic Acid, be sure to take them for healthy living!
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.