Folic Acid

 

What is it?

Folic Acid is a water-soluble vitamin.

What does it do?

  • Works alongside Vitmain B12 in the production of red blood cells.
  • Important in energy production as it plays a role in the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and proteins.
  • Essential for the production of genetic material i.e. DNA, and for proper cell division.
  • Essential during pregnancy for the development of the brain and nervous system of the foetus, deficiency during pregnancy has been associated with neural tube defects such as spina bifida.

Deficiency Symptoms

  • Anaemia
  • Lack of energy, breathlessness
  • Anxiety, tension, poor memory, depression
  • Loss of appetite
  • Digestive complaints including diarrhoea

Recommended Daily Amount (RDA)

Children 50-150μg
Adults 200μg

Works best combination with the other B vitamins, especially B12.

Therapeutic amounts are generally considered to be slightly higher than RDAs.

Food Sources

Wheatgerm, green leafy vegetables especially spinach, yeast, beans, pulses, oats, seeds, nuts, avocado.

Safety Considerations

No significant side effects or toxicity known.

 

Please note that products, product info and all other info on this site (including multimedia content & links) are not intended for treating or diagnosing specific medical conditions. If you are unwell, pregnant, or on medication, please consult a doctor before starting supplements. Do not exceed recommended dosages and please keep all supplements out of the reach and sight of children.