Folate, Vitamin B9, Pteroyl L-glutamic acid, Folic Acid

Vitamin B9 is an essential water-soluble vitamin better known as folic acid, that can be found as a synthetic supplement. It is important for various functions of the body, such as DNA synthesis and repair, cell division and growth, protein production, and red cell formation. It is also essential for cardiovascular and nervous system health. Folic acid supplements are commonly consumed during pregnancy to prevent fetal neural tube defects, which may occur with B9 deficiency.

  • Origin: Plant Based, Synthetic
  • Source: Leafy Greens, Synthetic, grains, avocado, nuts
  • Type: Vitamin
  • Age Range: Adults, Seniors
  • Toxicity: May be toxic in high doses
  • Outcomes: Women’s Health, Pregnancy

What are Folic Acid benefits?

Folic acid is a water-soluble synthetic vitamin commonly used in supplements and fortified foods and is commonly known as Folate or vitamin B9. It is worth noting that folic acid is found at low levels in most plant-based food products such as spinach, cabbage, broccoli, avocado, and others, and higher levels in wheat grains in some countries. In addition, according to studies, there is evidence that the consumption of folic acid brings some benefits to the body, among them: Prevention of birth defects and pregnancy complications, such as neural tube defects, including spina bifida and anencephaly; Improved brain health, helping treat Alzheimer’s and reducing the risks of dementia; adjuvant treatment of mental disorders, such as depression; reduced risk factors for heart disease; blood sugar control, helping people who have diabetes by reducing insulin resistance; among others.

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Women's Health Folic Acid and Women's Health

The female body has specific physiological processes involving sex hormones, health of the ovaries, uterus and vagina, menstrual cycle, pregnancy and lactation and menopause. The compounds indicated for women's health assist in the synthesis and secretion of these hormones, in premenstrual and menopausal symptoms and in the protection of female sexual organs.
  • Pregnancy

    During pregnancy, it is natural for the baby to feed on whatever is ingested by the mother, so the mother's diet should be multivitamin for her body and that of the child. A varied and healthy diet should provide the nutrients necessary for good health, however, supplementation compensates for possible deficiencies and boosts the levels of certain substances in the ever-changing body.

Table of negative interactions

Capecitabine, Fluorouracil
Bread, Cereals, Dark Green Vegetables, Rice

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