Getting enough folic acid in your diet is vital to a fit and active lifestyle. It plays a major role in the cardiovascular system, and can make all the difference in the battle to get in shape. Knowing exactly what it does for you, and how much you need of it is key to improving your wellbeing.
Folic acid is a nutrient that does not get much stage time. You would be excused for never really hearing much about it, or knowing exactly what it does. Well, folic acid is a member of the vitamin B group, and plays a very important role in the maintenance of your body. It may not have as many health benefits as some of the other vitamins, but it is no less essential.
Folic acid can be obtained from an array of healthy sources, including:
- Brussels sprouts
- Chick peas
- Brown rice
- The natural raw content of Uzuma green juice!
Adults require 0.2mg of folic acid a day in order to function healthily. It cannot be stored in the body, meaning it is essential to involve it in your daily diet.
Note: pregnant women have a different daily requirement for folic acid. Consult a medical professional if in doubt.
It is used to create red blood cells
Folic acid is an essential component in the production of healthy red blood cells, which are in turn used to transport oxygen around the body. Without it your cardiovascular system would really suffer, and thus your whole body would suffer as well.
It strengthens the central nervous system
Folic acid reinforces the central nervous system and has subsequently been linked to better mood balance and regulation.
It prevents birth defects
Ensuring you are getting enough folic acid when you are pregnant is vital. It reduces the risk of neural tube disorders and Spina Bifida in new born infants.
Folic acid lowers the risk of disease
Folic acid has been linked to a reduction in risk of heart disease, stroke, lung cancer and ulcerative colitis.
It improves natural energy reserves
Regular consumption of folic acid has been linked to improved natural energy levels.
A lack of folic acid can cause folate deficiency anaemia, resulting in very low energy levels, feeling faint and breathlessness.