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Folic Acid

Folic acid, also known as vitamin B9, is a crucial nutrient that plays a vital role in various bodily functions. It is a water-soluble vitamin that belongs to the B-complex family. Folic acid is not produced naturally by the body, so it must be obtained through diet or supplements. It is commonly found in leafy green vegetables, citrus fruits, beans, and fortified cereals. Folic acid is particularly important during periods of rapid growth, such as pregnancy and infancy, as it aids in the development of the nervous system and helps prevent certain birth defects. 

If you are looking to boost your folic acid intake and reap the numerous benefits it offers, consider adding folic acid supplements to your daily routine. Oceans Alive offers a wide range of high-quality folic acid supplements that are specially formulated to meet your nutritional needs. Explore our selection today and start experiencing the surprising perks of folic acid for yourself.

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Folic Acid During Pregnancy: Why it's Crucial for Fetal Development

During pregnancy, folic acid is of utmost importance for the healthy development of the fetus. Adequate folic acid intake before and during early pregnancy can significantly reduce the risk of neural tube defects, such as spina bifida and anencephaly. In fact, many healthcare professionals recommend that women who are planning to become pregnant take folic acid supplements to ensure they have sufficient levels of this essential nutrient.

Folic acid is involved in the formation of the neural tube and helps in the development of the baby's brain and spinal cord. It also plays a vital role in the production of red blood cells, which carry oxygen to the developing fetus. As such, a deficiency in folic acid during pregnancy can have serious consequences for both the mother and the baby.

By taking folic acid supplements as recommended by healthcare professionals, pregnant women can help ensure the healthy development of their baby and reduce the risk of birth defects. It is important to consult with a healthcare provider to determine the appropriate dosage of folic acid during pregnancy.


Folic Acid FAQs

What is Folic Acid 5mg used for?  

Folic acid 5mg is commonly prescribed to individuals who have a deficiency in this vital nutrient. It is primarily used to prevent and treat folate deficiency anaemia, a condition where the body lacks enough healthy red blood cells due to insufficient folate levels. This anaemia can cause symptoms such as fatigue, weakness, and shortness of breath. Folic acid supplements help increase folate levels in the body, resulting in the production of healthy red blood cells and the alleviation of these symptoms.

Additionally, folic acid has been found to reduce the risk of certain birth defects, such as spina bifida, when taken by pregnant women before and during pregnancy. It is recommended that all women of childbearing age consume 400 to 800 micrograms of folic acid daily to ensure adequate levels before conception.

How long does Folic Acid take to work?  

The time it takes for folic acid to work varies depending on the specific condition being treated. In the case of folate deficiency anaemia, individuals may start experiencing improvements in their symptoms within a few weeks of starting folic acid supplementation. However, it is important to continue taking the prescribed dosage for the recommended duration to fully replenish folate levels in the body.

For pregnant women taking folic acid to prevent birth defects, it is crucial to start supplementation at least one month before conception and continue throughout the first trimester. This ensures that the baby's neural tube develops properly, reducing the risk of conditions such as spina bifida. It is important to follow the advice of healthcare professionals regarding the duration of folic acid supplementation for specific conditions.

Is folate the same as Folic Acid?  

Folate and folic acid are often used interchangeably, but they are not exactly the same. Folate refers to the natural form of vitamin B9 found in foods, while folic acid is the synthetic form used in supplements and fortified foods. Both forms are converted to the active form of folate in the body, but folic acid is more stable and better absorbed.

Folic acid supplements are recommended over natural food sources in certain cases, such as preventing birth defects, as they provide a more reliable and consistent dosage. However, it is still important to consume a diet rich in folate-rich foods to ensure overall nutrient balance. Good sources of natural folate include leafy green vegetables, legumes, fruits, and fortified cereals.

What foods contain Folic Acid?  

While folic acid supplements are commonly prescribed to meet daily requirements, it is essential to include folate-rich foods in your diet for optimal health. Some excellent sources of natural folate include dark leafy greens like spinach and kale, beans and lentils, citrus fruits, avocado, and fortified cereals and breads. By incorporating these foods into your meals, you can increase your folate intake and support overall well-being.

It is worth noting that cooking methods can affect the folate content of foods. To maximize the retention of folate, it is best to steam or lightly cook vegetables rather than boiling them. Additionally, excessive heat and prolonged storage can lead to folate degradation, so consuming fresh foods is ideal.

When to take Folic Acid morning or night?  

The timing of folic acid supplementation can influence its absorption and effectiveness. Many healthcare professionals recommend taking folic acid in the morning with breakfast or a meal to enhance its absorption. This is because food helps stimulate the release of digestive enzymes and acids, promoting better absorption of the supplement.

However, if taking folic acid with food causes stomach upset or digestive issues, it may be more suitable to take it in the evening with dinner or a snack. The important thing is to find a routine that works best for you and to be consistent with your supplementation.