This is National Folic Acid Awareness Week. And that means that we're celebrating all things folate and folic acid in the form of water-soluble B vitamin.
Folic acid helps your body produce and maintain new cells, and also helps prevent changes to DNA.
Folate occurs naturally in many foods including leafy vegetables like spinach, broccoli, and lettuce; other veggies like okra and asparagus; fruits such as bananas, melons, and lemons; meats like beef liver and kidney; as well as orange juice, and tomato juice, beans, lentils, yeast, and mushrooms.
In in synthetic form, Folic acid is commonly in the Vitamin B family and is typically used for preventing and treating low blood levels of folate, anemia and the inability of the bowel to absorb nutrients properly. Folic acid is also used for other conditions commonly associated with folate deficiency, including ulcerative colitis, liver disease, and kidney dialysis.
Folic acid is also used by people with a variety of other conditions. Pregnant women often take folic acid to prevent miscarriage and birth defects, while some people use folic acid to prevent colon cancer or cervical cancer a well as heart disease and stroke. Folic acid is often used for memory loss, age-related hearing loss, preventing age-related macular eye degeneration, reducing signs of aging, bone support, restless leg syndrome, sleep problems, depression, nerve pain, muscle pain, and more.