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how folic acid is good for health

Posted: 2015-03-12

Folic acid is commonly known as folate. It is actually a form of water soluble vitamin B9. Importance of folic acid It is required for the proper health of the brain. It is necessary for the health of red blood cells (RBCs). It is also required for the synthesis of DNA and RNA. It helps in the rapid cell division and growth. It is necessary for pregnant women to prevent birth defects. It can be obtained from Green leafy vegetables Soya beans and lima beans Peas Yeast Asparagus Turnip and beets Whole grains Orange juice Milk Egg yolk Recommended dietary allowance (RDA) of folic acid for people of different age groups is as follows. People of age 1 - 8 years 150-200 g/day People of age 9 -13 years 300 g/day People of age 14 years and above 400 g/day Folic acid deficiency Its deficiency cause anemia. Folic acid deficiency results in loss of appetite. Its results in major birth defects including neural tube defects such as spina bifida and anencephaly. It can cause heart diseases and certain types of cancer.

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