B12 - FOLIC ACID

Photograph of Folic Acid under the microscope

Folic acid promotes normal red blood cell formation, helps to maintain the central nervous system, and promotes normal growth and development. Deficiencies cause conditions such as anemia, weakness, lack of energy, paleness, mental confusion, and headaches. Taken together vitamin B12 & folic acid will improve each otherís absorption as they function together in many metabolic processes such as amino acid conversion, the methylation of choline, methionine, serine, histidine, & nicotinamide.

If a B12 deficiency exists, folic acid is trapped as methyl folate and is useless to the body. A deficiency of either B12 or folate acid results in the same symptoms, except decreased folic acid will not cause the irreversible nerve damage seen with vitamin B12 deficiency. Regeneration of the myelin sheath, which covers your nerves & is necessary for nerve transmission is dependent upon adequate B12 levels.

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Known also as vitamin B-9, deficiencies can cause anemia, weakness, lack of energy, paleness, mental confusion, and headaches. Women of reproductive age, especially pregnant women, are encouraged to modify their diets to increase folate intake or supplement with folate-enriched foods or the synthetic vitamin to avoid neural tube defects (NTDs), which are birth defects of the baby's brain (anencephaly) or spine (spina bifida). Up to 70 percent of some very serious birth defects are preventable by taking only 400 micrograms of folic acid per day .

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