Folic acid or folate are other names given to vitamin B9, which is part of the vitamins belonging to the B group. Essentially, it is a water-soluble vitamin which promotes the well functioning of a number of mechanisms in our body, out of which we mention the following:
1 – Folic acid plays a key role in the growth and development of the fetus.
2 – It is also used to treat certain types of anemia and to prevent fetal malformations.
3 – The role of folic acid is essential as well in the good functioning of the nervous and immune systems.
4 – It participates in the production of red and white blood cells.
5 – It sustains the renewal of skin cells and the gut wall.
6 – Folic acid also helps in the healing of wounds and sores.
We should note as well that a good intake of folic acid is of great importance during the weeks that precede conception, as well as during pregnancy (especially in the first quarter) and always after taking the advice of your doctor, so that to prevent congenital malformations in the nervous system.
But where do we find folic acid in our daily nutrition plan? In fact, it is mostly found in dark green leafy vegetables (spinach, lettuce, chard, broccoli, arugula, asparagus, etc.) as well as in legumes, oranges, sunflower seeds, liver and beer yeast.
Finally, be careful! You should never take food supplements containing folic acid without first consulting and checking with your doctor.