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Nutricost has developed a high quality Folic Acid supplement, designed to enhance protection for fetal development, cognitive health, and heart function* This synthetic B9 Vitamin was introduced in 1943, and was shown to help prevent the risk of developing neural tube defects in infants. Not long after, it became part of the mandatory food fortification list. While a handful of foods have either naturally occurring folate or added folic acid, supplementation is generally advised to meet daily requirements.
All women of childbearing age are recommended to consume 400 micrograms of Folic Acid daily to prevent two serious birth defects, Spina Bifida and Anencephaly.* Spina Bifida means split or divided spine, and if the neural tube fails to close in an area that goes on to develop into the spine, the protective bones surrounding the spinal cord are unable to fuse together properly. As a result, the spinal cord and its protective sac may be pushed through the open part of the spine. Anencephaly is a condition that results when the neural tube doesn’t close at the head, and causes parts of the brain, skull, and scalp to be only half formed or missing altogether.
While Folic Acid is mainly utilized for protecting fetal development, there are numerous unrelated benefits as well. For instance, it has been shown to potentially minimize age related cognitive decline.* Folic Acid contributes to a significant decline in Homocysteine (amino acid) levels, which is vital since higher homocysteine levels have been associated with worse function for several cognitive mechanisms.
Folic Acid has also been reflected to support heart function.* Aside from cognitive decline, high Homocysteine levels have also been associated with arterial hardening and thickening, which increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Folic acid is able to help reduce Homocysteine levels in circulation in order to promote healthy cardiovascular health.*
* RESULTS MAY VARY
Nutricost’s Folic Acid is designed for those looking to support healthy heart and brain function, and for women in their childbearing years to protect fetal development.*
Take one capsule daily with a meal, or as advised by your physician.
Do not exceed dose unless advised by your doctor. Consult your physician with any questions or concerns.
Folic Acid – Folic Acid is a synthetic B vitamin modeled after Folate. It is especially essential for women to have adequate levels in order to ensure proper fetal neural tube development.
Q. What Is The Recommended Dose Of Folic Acid For Women?
A. It is advised for women who are in their childbearing years to consume 400 mcg of folic acid, and for women who are pregnant to consume 600 mcg of folic acid.
Q. When Should I Take Folic Acid?
A. Take Folic Acid with a meal, or 30 minutes after.
Q. What Are The Benefits Of Taking Folic Acid?
A. Folic Acid may help protect heart and cognitive function, and is necessary for fetal neural development.
Q. Can I Take Folic Acid With Other Supplements?
A. Yes, but watch for other supplements or foods containing folic acid. Adverse effects can occur at high doses.