Folic Acid (Folate,
Folic acid is a water-soluble B vitamin.
Works closely with Vitamin B12 to promote the development of new cells.
Most people know Folate for it's crucial role in the development of new
fetuses, but in truth, getting adequate amounts of Folate in the diet is
important to everyone. In a recent, updated meta-analysis of studies of
the relationship between Folate and plasma homocysteine (a
substance causing increased risk of cardiovascular disease), it was
estimated that for every 50 microgram increase in daily folate intake,
4,000 to 18,000 deaths due to cardiovascular disease could be prevented
annually. Another group of researchers has indicated that as much as ten
percent of all U.S. heart disease is attributable to elevated homocysteine
levels, furthering the urgent need for everyone, not just expectant
mothers to increase their intake. Folic acid also appears to protect
against a number of auto-immune disorders, particularly colorectal
cancers. About 20 epidemiologic studies have suggested that those with the
highest folate intake have an approximately 40% reduction in risk of this
cancer. In the Nurses Health Study, involving 88,756 women, there was a
75% reduction in risk of colorectal cancer among those using multivitamin
supplements containing 400 or more micrograms of folate for 15 or more
years, compared with those not using the supplements.
The RDA for men is 400 mcg and women is 200 mcg.
- Necessary for DNA & RNA synthesis, which is essential
for the growth and reproduction of all body cells
- essential to the formation of red blood cells by its
action on the bone marrow
- aids in amino acid metabolism
- gastrointestinal disorders
- Vitamin B-12 deficiency
- pre-mature gray hair