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.
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