Vitamin B9

Like all other B-vitamins, vitamin B9, better known as folic acid, is involved in many metabolic processes. And true enough, folic acid is capable of even more.

  • Helps form new skin and hair cells
  • Strengthens the connective tissue
  • Keeps your heart, circulation and intestines healthy
  • Keeps your brain fit
  • Ensures a healthy immune system
  • Helps keep your bones elastic
  • Helps achieve a good night’s sleep

FOLIC ACID IS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT DURING PREGNANCY

Studies have shown that mothers who have taken large amounts of folic acid during pregnancy had a lower risk of miscarriage. A folic acid deficiency during pregnancy may be harmful to the brain and blood formation of the fetus and can lead to serious consequences.

FOODS THAT ARE HIGH IN FOLIC ACID

Folic acid is particularly found in meat, fish and vegetables. Spinach and broccoli are especially good sources of folic acid.

DEFICIENCY SYMPTOMS

Most of the time, a folic acid deficiency is due to a diet that is consistently lacking vegetables.