Importance of Folic Acid And Which Foods Contains It

Folic acid (Vitamin B9) is a crucial kind of vitamin that must be consumed by everyone in order to stay healthy. A deficiency of this vitamin is a major cause of falling off of hairs. Doctors usually prescribe pregnancy mothers with folic acid pills because it helps in producing new healthy cells, proper development of foetus. Without it can cause major birth defects especially to the brain and spine. In fact to combat this, doctors usually advice women to consume folic acid a year before conception.

Folic acid refers to the man-made version of the water soluble vitamin Folate. It is synthesized in large numbers in forms of tablets and capsules to help people meet their daily requirement. Likewise, the Folate can be found naturally in our foods which include:

#1 Greens. Foods such as spinach, mustard leaves, lettuce etc are a heaven to folate. They occur in abundance. The more darker the leaf the more folate it harbours.

#2 Broccoli. These not only contain the folate, but also have bone strengthening vitamin K,and immune system boosting vitamin C. They are fight cancer with the glucosinolate compounds such as sulforaphane and glucoraphanin.

#3 Banana. Banana is composed of calcium, manganese, magnesium, iron, folate, niacin, riboflavin and B6. It is a big winner when it comes to nutrition.

#4 Melon. The best lemon which is rich in vitamin B9 is the honey dew melon. This is because it has the highest level of sugar than any known melon out there. It is loaded with vitamin C, folate and calcium. The seeds are also beneficial because they contain antioxidants, vitamin A,C, and E together with fibre.

#5 Lemon. Lemon has been used since ancient times to cleanse the digestive systems.  Lemons are rich in vitamin C, antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory properties.

#6 Meat. Meat contain folate and iron. The liver and kidney are the major source for this element.

#7 Orange. Just like lemon, this family contain high source of folate which reduces level of homocysteine. In short it helps in lowering the blood pressure from our bodies. 

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