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The role and importance of Vitamin b9 folic acid supplements? 

The role and importance of Vitamin b9 folic acid supplements? 

What is vitamin b9 folic acid?

Vitamin B9 is a water-soluble vitamin that –

    • increases the level of hemoglobin and has natural anti-depressant properties,
    • contributes importantly to the formation of Red Blood Cells,
    • regulates the level of homocysteine in the body,
    • controls cholesterol level thus reducing the risk of various cardiovascular disorders,
    • helps during pregnancy in preventing birth and neural tube defects.

The role and importance of Vitamin b9 folic acid supplements? 

What is the role of Vitamin b9 in our body?

Folate and Folic acid are present in Vitamin b9. They are needed for the proper development of the human body –

    • the synthesis and repair of DNA and RNA,
    • the aiding of rapid cell division and growth,
    • the enhancement of brain health,
    • the prevention of age-related hearing loss,
    • the prevention of some forms of cancer,
    • the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.

Who requires vitamin b9?

All pregnant women or those who are planning to become pregnant should consume folic acid. Folic acid is very important for the growth of the spinal cord in the womb. It is vital that an expectant mother consumes enough folic acid during the early stages of the child’s development. This is because the spinal cord is one of the first parts of the body to be formed in the womb.

How does a lack of Vitamin b9 affect our body?

When our body does not have the required amount of folate and folic acid in our body it causes several health issues:

    • anemia,
    • congenital deformities,
    • clinical depression,
    • memory problems and brain function,
    • high risk of developing allergic diseases,
    • long term risk of low bone density.

There are no serious side effects of consuming folic acid. Even if a person consumes more folate than required, there is no need to worry, as folic acid is water-soluble, and all excessive folic acid will naturally be passed in the urine.

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What is the required amount of vitamin b9?

The Recommended Dietary Allowance as per the Indian Council of Medical Research guidelines, 2010 for Vitamin B9 is 100 mcg for Men and for Women doing Moderate Work. For children, depending on their age group, it is different for all ages from 1 – 17 years.

Always remember

It is always preferable to get nutrients from natural food sources rather than supplements. Dark green vegetables are good sources of folic acid. Folic acid supplements within RDA norms may be used to complement a healthful varied diet.