Vitamin B9 (Folic Acid)

Functions of Vitamin B9:

  • Formation of nucleic acids for RNA and DNA, therefore, plays a vital role in production of all cells particularly during time of growth (e.g. pregnancy).
  • Plays an important role in the development of an infant’s nervous system.
  • Aids in red blood cell production.
  • Helps in the breakdown and utilisation of proteins.

Uses of Vitamin B9:

  • People who are stressed or fatigued may benefit from additional folic acid.
  • People who consume high levels of alcohol or high amounts of vitamin C require more folic acid.
  • People with psoriasis may require folic acid supplementation.
  • Women with menstrual problems often benefit from folic acid supplementation.
  • People suffering with Restless leg syndrome may find folic acid helps reduce symptoms.
  • May help stimulate a depressed appetite.

Sources of Vitamin B9: Green leafy vegetables, organ meats, Brewers yeast, whole wheat bread, milk and many fruits (e.g. oranges, bananas and berries).

 


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