Do You Have The Symptoms of Folic Acid Deficiency?
by Keith Woolley
prevent diseases and maintain health.

Studies maintain that taking extra B vitamins, specifically folic acid and B12 have
reduced birth defects by 72 to 100% . And since regulations authourising the addition
of folic acid to grains have come into force in the USA the incidence of birth defects
their have dropped by 19%, although sceptics claim there could be alternative
reasons.

So what are some of the symptoms of folic acid deficiency? If your tongue is sore
and you suffer from loss of appetite, "shortness of puff", are irritable, forgetful and
mentally sluggish, you may have a folic acid insufficiency. Folic acid is one of the B
group of vitamins and most animal and plant foods are poor sources of it. The
exception is liver which most individuals don't eat a lot of these days. Various dietary
habits and health conditions can also result in causing a deficiency of this vitamin.
Celiac condition, alcoholism and irritable bowel syndrome are three such conditions.

Studies have also suggested that when older people suffer from "the blues" it is
caused by a absence of folate (B9) . It should be taken alongside B6 and B12 to
support its absorption and function in the body. These three vitamins work closely
together and help relieve symptoms of depression. They do this by decreasing the
total amount of homocysteine, which is thought to play an major part in causing the
depression. Occasionally the amount of folate in proportion to the other two may be
required to be increased in order to be effective. Solgar Homocystein Modulators are
a good supplement to take and can be found online at www.solgar.co.uk.

Some population-based studies across the USA have also established that numerous
cancers are less usual in people who have high levels of folic acid. These people also
consumed high amounts of beta-carotene, vitamin C and fiber. One large study of
50,000 women established that adequate intakes of folate essentially reduced the
risk of breast melanoma.

Some prescription medications for inflammatory bowel illness have been found to
interfere with the bodies ability to absorb folate (folic acid) and the deficiency has also
been linked to some men's infertility and heart complaints.

Foods that offer the most folic acid are dark leafy greens, brewers yeast, cows liver,
some seafood, orange juice and dairy. Root vegetables and whole grains also supply
small amounts.

Side effects from folic acid supplements are rare, though they can occur if the dose
exceeds 15000 mcg . Taking any one of the B group of vitamins on their own can
produce a deficiency in the others, so don't be too keen to buy without advice. Check
out if you really do need it and make sure your health care practised knows your
purpose in order to grasp why you want to take these supplements. Some
prescription medicines such as antibiotics and warfarin can react adversely to this
health programme, while others like ibuprofen and aspirin can actually cause a
deficiency. Methotrexate, prescribed to treat some cancer and rheumatoid arthritis
conditions increases the body's need for folic acid, and its side-effects are greatly
reduced by addition of this vitamin without impairing its results, so if you must take
this medication be sure see your health care professional about adding folic acid to
your diet - it could save you experiencing further side-effects .


About The Author

Keith Woolley is a Director of Boots Herbal Stores and has vast experience within the
health food industry. Boots Herbal Stores distribute Solgar Vitamins online from
The debate around the basic of
taking dietary supplements is
continuing to rage.

While many health care
professionals maintain we get all
we require from the foods we
eat, others prefer to suggest
vitamins when their patients are
under a stress such as a
pregnancy or illness or even
aging or when the patients
body's function is deficient or
overloaded. Others maintain that
vitamins are preventative and
should be taken routinely to
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