Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Folic Acid (Vitamin B9)

Folic acid, or folate, helps produce and maintain new cells in our bodies. Food sources of folate include leafy green vegetables, fruits, dried beans and peas.


Functions as a coenzyme during the synthesis of genetic material (DNA). It is also a vital component for cellular division, and the normal growth, development, function, and reproduction of all cells. Folic acid plays a role in all processes that depend on cell division. It also aids in the elimination of homocysteine from the body, a blood toxin which can negatively impact the heart muscle and contribute to the deposit of cholesterol in the heart.

Symptoms of folic acid (vitamin B9) deficiency include anemia and mood disorders. Low levels of folic acid may contribute to depression, possibly because of a resulting lowering of neurotransmitter levels.



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