Folic acid , also known as folate, is well known for its value in the prevention of certain birth defects. It may also have another important health benefit. A study showed that women who consumed more of it had a significantly reduced risk of developing high blood pressure (hypertension).
It is one of the B vitamins found in foods such as leafy green vegetables, fruits, dried beans, and peas. A synthetic form of folic acid is used in dietary supplements and to fortify foods. But it is essential that you acquire it from a plant source. It acts by helping the body produce and maintain new cells. In particular, red blood cell formation is dependent upon adequate levels of this vitamin. Deficiency is a known cause of anemia in both adults and children. Folate may also help cells resist changes in their DNA associated with the development of cancer.
Folic Acid and Folate are two forms of a water-soluble B vitamin. Folate is organic and occurs naturally in foods, while folic acid is the synthetic form of this vitamin. Since 1998, it has been added to cold cereals, flour, breads, pasta, bakery items, cookies, and crackers, as required by federal law. Foods that are naturally high in folate include leafy vegetables , okra, asparagus, fruits beans, yeast, mushrooms, meat and orange juice.
It is used for preventing and treating low blood levels of folate (folate deficiency) and high blood levels of homocysteine (hyperhomocysteinemia). Women who are pregnant or might become pregnant take it to prevent miscarriage and "neural tube defects." These are birth defects such as spina bifida, when the fetal spine and back do not close in the womb. This nutrient is also used for many other conditions including depression, stroke, decline in memory and thinking skills in older people. That is more than what is normal for their age, and many others.
Folic Acid Effective for
Folate deficiency. Taking folic acid improves folate deficiency.
Likely Effective for
Serious kidney disease (end-stage renal disease or ESRD). About 85% of people with serious kidney disease have high levels of homocysteine. High levels of homocysteine have been linked to heart disease and stroke. Taking it lowers homocysteine levels in people with serious kidney disease.
High amounts of homocysteine in the blood (hyperhomocysteinemia). High levels of homocysteine have been linked to heart disease and stroke. Taking folate/folic acid lowers homocysteine levels by 20% to 30% in people with normal to slightly elevated homocysteine levels. It is recommended that people with homocysteine levels greater than 11 micromoles/L supplement with folate/folic acid and vitamin B12.
Birth defects of the brain and spine (neural tube birth defects). Consuming this B vitamin during pregnancy reduces the risk of neural tube birth defects. It is recommended that pregnant women get 600-800 mcg of folic acid per day from their diet or supplements starting 1 month before pregnancy and during pregnancy. Pregnant women with a history of neural tube birth defects are advised to get 4000 mcg per day.
Function: This formula contains herbs that are good sources of folic acid. Folic Acid is a vital substance during pregnancy for for fetal development and brain function. A deficiency in this vitamin causes certain types of anemia (low red blood cell count). It is also known as vitamin B9, is one of 8 B vitamins that assist with the conversion of carbohydrates into fuel (glucose). It also helps in the production of RNA and DNA.
Ingredients: Alfalfa, Amalaki, Irish Moss, Spirulina, Blue Green Algae, Echinacea, and Spinach Leaf