Folic acid ( folate) or vitamin B5 is a very important vitamin for your health. In this article you can find information about folate benefits, natural sources, folic acid deficiency signs and folic acid toxicity signs.
Folic acid benefits:
1-Folate is an important vitamin for fat and protein metabolism.
2-It is an important vitamin for red blood cells production.
3- It is very important for genetic materials production ( DNA, RNA)
4- It is a very important vitamin during pregnancy, it helps the fetus brain and spinal cord development, it also prevents any deformities in the fetus heart.
5- It is an important vitamin for body cells to renew and repair damaged body cells.
6- Helps to reduce schizophrenia and depression symptoms.
7- Reduces cancer incidence rate, especially cancer of the uterus, colon and lung cancer.
8- Reduces heart diseases incidence rate.
9- Reduces strokes incidence rate.
10 – Decrease the severity of Alzheimer’s disease symtoms.
11- It helps in treatment of insomania and sleeping probelsms.
Folic acid natural sources:
2- Animal liver (cow, sheep,…..)
5- Leafy vegetables.
Folic acid deficiency symptoms:
1- Newborns may develop incompletes spine, nervous system problems, heart problems, abnormalities of the fetus, and sometimes an abortion may occur.
2- High incidence of heart and vascular diseases rate.
3- Inflammation and bleeding gums.
4- Mood deviations, stress and sometimes reach depression.
7- Breath Shortness.
8- Loss of appetite and weight loss.
9- Difficulty in food Swallowing .
10- Inability to distinguish between the taste of different foods with vomiting and abdominal pain.
11- Memory problems.
12- Skin infections.
13- Defect in chromosomal cells. 1
15- Hair loss .
16- Skin become pale.
17- Increase in cancer incidense rate.
18- Insomnia and sleep disorders.
Who needs to consume folic acid dietery supplements?
1- Anemic patients.
2- During pregnancy and lactation.
3- Dialysis patients.
4- Liver disease.
Folic acid toxicity:
If you consume folic acid dietary supplements for a long time without doctor consultant you may suffer from folic acid toxicity signs. Folate toxicity symptoms are:
2- Abdominal pain.
3- Nerve problems.
You should consult your doctor before consuming any dietary supplements.
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