Dr. Kiel quickly reviews the health benefits of vitamin B9 (folic acid, folate).
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Vitamin B1 (thiamine):
Vitamin B2 (riboflavin):
Vitamin B3 (Niacin):
Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid):
Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine):
Vitamin B7 (biotin):
Vitamin B9 (folic acid):
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I wanted to take a few minutes to talk to you about the health benefits of folic acid aka vitamin B9. Like all B vitamins, folate plays a role in the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and proteins. More specifically, it plays a direct role in nerve and brain function. It aids in the production of genetic material, specifically DNA and RNA, and is critical during periods of rapid growth and cell turnover, such as pregnancy, childhood and childhood. Folic acid is also a cofactor for the production of red blood cells and helps moderate homocysteine.
Vitamin B9, aka folic acid or folate, has many health benefits. It is best known for the prevention of birth defects as a prenatal vitamin, which protects the brain and spinal cord. It can also help with heart disease (coronary heart disease, heart attack), stroke, dementia, cognitive function, Alzheimer's disease, age-related hearing loss, and depression. As for cancer has been linked to the benefits of colon, breast, cervical, pancreatic and stomach cancer, as well as ALL (acute lymphocytic leukemia). It can help with Amenorrhea, Anemia, Bipolar Disorder, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Diabetes, Down Syndrome, Epilepsy, Glaucoma, Gout, High Blood Pressure (Hypertension), Glucose Intolerance, Kidney Disease and Multiple Sclerosis. Other potential benefits (requiring further research) include phenytoin-induced gingival hyperplasia, pregnancy complications, blood clots, Vitiligo, Fragile X, Diarrhea, gray hair, mouth ulcers, peptic ulcer, poor growth.
Common sources include green (spinach, dark green leaves, asparagus), turnip, beetroot and mustard greens, Brussels sprouts, Lima beans, soy beans, beans, white beans, mung beans, beef liver, yeast of beer, root vegetables, whole grains, wheat germ, Bulgur wheat, salmon, orange juice, avocado and milk and all cereals and grains in the United States are fortified with folic acid.
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