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The importance of Folic Acid.

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Studies have shown that a diet high in folate-rich foods (such as broccoli, mushrooms, avocado, just to name a few) can help prevent cancer, heart disease, birth defects, anemia and cognitive decline. Are you getting enough folate from your diet?

Mean dietary intakes of folate (including food folate and folic acid from fortified foods and supplements) range from 454 to 652 micrograms per day in U.S. adults and from 385 to 674 micrograms in children. Keep in mind that adults need about 400 micrograms daily, and children need roughly 300 micrograms.

The following is a list of a few common signs that you may  be suffering from a folate deficiency:

  1. Poor immune function; frequently getting sick
  2. Chronic low energy (including chronic fatigue syndrome)
  3. Poor digestion; issues like constipation, bloating and IBS
  4. Developmental problems during pregnancy and infancy, including stunted growth
  5. Anemia
  6. Canker sores in the mouth and a tender, swollen tongue
  7. Changes in mood, including irritability
  8. Pale skin
  9. Premature hair graying

On that same note, some people are at higher risks of experiencing folate deficiency than others. Groups who should be particularly careful to get enough folate naturally from their diets include:

  • Pregnant women or women looking to become pregnant
  • Breast-feeding mothers
  • Alcoholics
  • Anyone with liver disease
  • Anyone on kidney dialysis
  • Anyone taking medications for diabetes
  • Those frequently using diuretics or laxatives
  • Anyone taking methotrexate

If you have questions about folic acid, talk to your doctor.

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