This week is Folic Acid Awareness Week, and so we wanted to share with you the
importance of this amazing water-soluble vitamin and discuss its impacts on health and wellness.
Folic Acid is part of the B Vitamin complex, also known as B9. B complex vitamins are water soluble and are not stored very well in the body, however they are one of the most important vitamin complexes that our body needs as they are required daily for a variety of essential functions such as proper digestion and absorption, energy levels, sleep and wake cycles,
proper brain function, and most importantly, our cellular metabolic functions.
What does Folic Acid Do?
- It aids in red blood cell production
- It helps in the breakdown and utilization of proteins
- Assists with important amino acid conversations
- Used in the formation of nucleic acids for RNA and DNA making it exceedingly important for pregnant women.
- Is absolutely fundamental in the role of growth and reproduction of all cells
- Allows for the proper balancing of brain neurotransmitter levels
- A key vitamin asset in the proper development of an infant's nervous system.
Foods Rich in Folic Acid:
- Brussels Sprouts
- Leafy Green Vegetables such as Cabbage, Kale, Spring Greens, and Spinach
- Chickpeas and Kidney Beans
- Nuts and seeds
Herbs Rich in Folic Acid:
- Nettle (Urtica dioica)
- Chlorella (Chlorella vulgaris)
- Plantain Leaf (Plantago majora), do not eat in excess during pregnancy
- Oats (Avena sativa)
Interested in learning more? Click below to download a full PDF article on Folic Acid.
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