four reasons your body needs it
January is host of "Folic Acid Awareness Month", which is a campaign targeted to women of childbearing age to take a multivitamin that provides them with the minimum dosage of 400mcg per day, to prevent a birth defect called Spina Bifida. This B vitamin, folic acid, is important to take prior to pregnancy as the brain and other neurological parts of the baby are formed in the very early stages, often before pregnancy is known. Further only half of pregnancies are plannned. Unfortunately only one third of women in the U.S. consume or supplement the proper amount of folic acid. What if your a man, or a woman outside childbearing age, why should you still be concerned about taking folic acid?
1. Lowers homocysteine: this is a marker of inflammation that contributes to heart disease. Folic acid at the proper dose is thought to possibly prevent 13,500 deaths from cardiovascular disease each year.
2. Decreasing depression: low levels of folic acid have been found in both in people who suffer from depression as well as alcoholics with depression. Increasing folic acid shows to improve mood.
3. Cutting colon cancer: multiple research studies show a correlation of low folic acid in the body with colon cancer, particularly indicating lower pre-cancerous polyps.
No matter what your age, or gender folic acid has four big benefits in our body: preventing neural tube defects, heart disease, depression, and cancer. Now time to go eat some beans and leafy greens which are good sources of folic acid.
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