Folic Acid are a form of a water-soluble B vitamin. Folic acid is needed for the proper development of the human body. It is involved in producing the genetic material called DNA and in numerous other bodily functions.
Following beneficial effects are claimed by the “European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)”:
Folate contributes to:
- maternal tissue growth during pregnancy
- normal amino acid synthesis
- normal blood formation
- normal homocysteine metabolism
- normal psychological function
- the normal function of the immune system
- the reduction of tiredness and fatigue.
- Folate has also a role in the process of cell division.
A (long term) folate deficiency can manifest itself in cardiovascular disease, cognitive decline, depression, an increased risk of pregnancy complications (spontaneous abortion, placental abruption, neural tube defects and other birth defects).
Without B-group vitamins the body lacks energy as they are needed to help the body to use the energy-yielding nutrients (such as carbohydrates, fat and protein) for fuel and to help cells to multiply by making new DNA.
Taking any one of the B vitamins as a single supplement for a long period of time can result in an imbalance of other important B vitamins. For this reason, it is recommendable to take a supplement, which includes the full spectrum of the B vitamins.