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Folate

Folate is a water-soluble B vitamin (vitamin B9) that occurs naturally in many foods, including leafy green vegetables, fruits, legumes, and meats like liver. It is essential for the formation of DNA and RNA and is crucial for cell division and growth. Folate is particularly important during periods of rapid growth, such as pregnancy and fetal development. It also plays a key role in producing healthy red blood cells and preventing anemia. Folate is different from folic acid, which is the synthetic form of the vitamin used in supplements and fortified foods.

BENEFITS OF HAVING ENOUGH FOLATE

  • Supports Healthy Pregnancy: Prevents major birth defects of the brain and spine.
  •  Promotes Heart Health: Reduces homocysteine levels, lowering cardiovascular risk.
  • Aids in Red Blood Cell Formation: Prevents anemia by supporting red blood cell production.
  • Supports Mental Health: Improves mood and reduces depression risk by aiding neurotransmitter synthesis.
  • Enhances DNA Synthesis and Repair: Supports cellular function and helps prevent cancerous changes.

DEFICIENCIES OF FOLATE MAY LEAD TO 

  • Birth Defects: Increased risk of neural tube defects.
  • Can lead to spina bifida in new born babies (birth defect)
  • Megaloblastic Anemia: Characterized by large, immature red blood cells.
  • Cardiovascular Issues: Elevated homocysteine levels, increasing the risk of heart disease.
  • Mental Health Problems: Higher likelihood of depression and cognitive decline.
  • Fatigue and Weakness: Due to impaired red blood cell production and oxygen transport.
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