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Folic Acid Foods – Everything You Need to Know

Posted Jan 06 2014 8:02am

Coca-vs.-Pepsi So, the dumbest name given to a child for the year of 2013 was ‘Pepsi’!

That’s right. I found myself looking at a couple of lame posts about Paul Walker’s death and stumbled into this one.

Who does that? What a nightmare will it turn out to be for the child as they go through Life being the butt of a number of jokes related to the soda, of course.

No wonder aliens don’t attack our planet anymore for fear of being affected by the stupidity that surrounds us.

But this isn’t half as bad as being afflicted with birth defects that, thanks to medicine, can be fixed by consuming a number of folic acid foods .

Yet before we cover this subject its sources and benefits, let’s understand what folic acid is and its value to human life.

What is Folic Acid?

Simply put, folic acid is a part of the vitamin B complex – specifically considered to be a water-soluble form of Vitamin B9. And it’s very necessary for the body as it encourages the growth of our body’s cells…

In other words, everyone needs a dose of folic acid since the body does not store this nutrient at all. In its most natural form that we consume, it occurs as ‘folate’.

As for its functions, folic acid is required for the synthesis of nucleic acid. Simply put, it is key to the generation of red blood cells. Apart from this, it is also necessary for the smooth functioning of the nerves as well as generation of DNA in every cell of our bodies.

Alternatively, this nutrient is also required for the formation of pyrimidines and purines as well, considered to be the basic building blocks of DNA.

As mentioned earlier, folic acid has to be consumed in order to ensure that the body functions well. The recommended limits are different for adults, children and in special cases, for pregnant women.

Yet why there’s so much attention in recent times to the importance of this nutrient is because of the value that it offers to both adults and in particular, pregnant women – which is what we will cover in the next section.

Folic Acid Foods – Sources & Benefits

If-You-Dont-Know-By-Now So, how does one consume this nutrient in adequate amounts?

As simple as this sounds, one can take supplements or eat foods that fall into the following categories: leafy green vegetables, beans, peas and nuts (dried), fruits, cereals, breads ad products that contain grains.

As for the benefits, there are a number of them that are listed below:

#1: Keeps pregnant women healthy while preventing neural tube deficiency

#2: Reduces the risk of a number of diseases such as depression, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, obesity, stroke, cardiovascular disease and allergy-based conditions such as atopy, wheezing and asthma.

#3: Not only does this nutrient prevent the aforementioned conditions but also treats a number of others such as aiding memory and mental agility, cancer, fertility, bone health, menopause and Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus and so on and so forth.

In Closing

Are there any other folic acid foods that are worth adding to this list? If so, please feel free to add your thoughts in the comments section below.

Also, here is an article on foods high in protein that are just as important for the body.

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