Are you getting enough Folic Acid?

Folic Acid is a B Vitamin that is essential for numerous bodily functions. Most of us when we hear folic acid think healthy hair, but there are so many more amazing things Folic Acid does – The human body cannot create folic acid so it has to be supplied through proper diet or when that isn’t possible, through supplementation.

We need folic acid to synthesize and repair DNA and create new cells. It is especially important during pregnancy and infancy as cell growth and division is more rapid. All healthy adults need to have foods rich in folic acid in their bodies in order to make sure their cells are replicating properly as well.

How do you get folic acid in your diet?

Eating plenty of leafy green vegetables such as spinach, kale, turnip greens, lettuce are the best source though folic acid can also be found in fortified breads and cereals, egg yolks, sunflower seeds, liver, kidneys, beans, peas and lentils.

Smaller amounts can be found in certain fruits – oranges, pineapple, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, grapefruit, banana, strawberry and vegetables – broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and Bok Choy and surprisingly even in beer.

What happens if you have a folic acid deficiency?

If you should develop a deficiency you may experience:

-During pregnancy – neural tube defects in the embryo
-Macrocytic anemia
-Nerve damage
-Mental confusion
-Sore or swollen tongue
-Mouth ulcers
-Heart palpitations
-Behavioral disorders

By increasing your folic acid intake it has been show to be effective in helping with:

-Kidney disease (by lowering homocysteine levels)
-Heat Disease & Likelihood of stroke
-Help reduce harmful effects of medications, including nausea, for psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis
-Promotes healthy hair growth

It has also been reported to:
-Reduce the risk of colorectal cancer.
-Reduce the risk of breast cancer
-Fight depression
-Help treat Vitiligo
-Help treat gum problems
-Reduce the risk of pancreatic cancer
-Help prevent macular degeneration

Recommended dosage:
Folic acid is a water-soluble vitamin so risk of toxicity is nearly non-existent though it’s best to stay within the recommended levels 400mcg low end to 1000mcg high end.

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