Folic acid - the consequences of deficiency and excess
Vitamin B9, known as folic acid, is one of the most important components of a varied diet for women who want to take care of their health. What are the consequences of deficiency and excesses of this vitamin? How do you manage it?
What is responsible for folic acid?
The role of folic acid in the daily diet is undoubtedly important to the health of every woman. In particular, they are responsible for preparing the mother's body during pregnancy and promoting the process of cell division. These properties are crucial to the course of pregnancy and fetal development, particularly in the context of the nervous and circulatory systems.
Other equally important functions of folic acid are:
- participate in the process of healthy blood production,
- Helps in the proper synthesis of amino acids,
- maintain a good homocysteine metabolism,
- effect on reducing tiredness and fatigue,
- help maintain normal psychological functions,
- Support the optimal functioning of the immune system.
What are the consequences of folic acid deficiency?
An insufficient content of folic acid in the daily diet can cause a deficiency, the consequences of which are very dangerous for the optimal condition and functioning of the organism. According to specialists, insufficient intake of vitamin B9 can be a cause of anemia, cardiovascular diseases or osteoporosis. In addition, a lack of an adequate level of this component during pregnancy increases the risk of very serious neural tube defects in the fetus.
The primary solution to deficiency and its consequences is a varied diet. Folic acid is abundant in green vegetables (such as spinach or Brussels sprouts), legumes, whole grain products and some fruits. Unfortunately, the level of folate absorption from food does not exceed 50% of its total content. It should also be noted that the consumption of products rich in vitamin C provides this component with additional protection against the breakdown of folic acid.
The pharmaceutical company Olimp Laboratories offers a dietary supplement in the form of easy-to-swallow tablets, allowing the body to provide an optimal dose of 400 mcg of folic acid. The product has been prepared using innovative technology and microbiologically tested raw materials. This supplement is recommended for all women, especially those who are expecting a baby, planning pregnancy or breastfeeding.
What are the consequences of excess folic acid?
An excess of folic acid in the daily diet can be the result of incorrect and excessive use of dietary supplements. Could the consequences have serious health implications? According to some specialists, an excessive intake of folic acid can make it difficult to detect vitamin B12 deficiency, which, from a broader perspective, can cause serious neurological abnormalities. It is often mentioned that large amounts of folic acid can have carcinogenic properties.