Surprising Advantages to Including More Folic Acid in Your Diet

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Modern medicines come with some pretty harmful side effects and this has caused people to have a more preventative approach toward holistic health. The best offense is a good defense, and that is true with health and nutrition as much as with anything else.

Folic acid, also known as folate or vitamin B9, comes from numerous foods, most commonly broccoli, and is sold as a supplement predominantly used by pregnant women. Vitamin B9 plays an important role in cell reproduction, which is why women with developing fetuses in their womb usually take it as a supplement.

Though the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) says you should get 400ugs daily, a study by Pamela Egan, a board certified adult and family nurse practitioner, shows that an increased amount of folate could benefit one's health exponentially.

According to her study, an increased amount of folic acid may help depressive disorders and cardiovascular disease. Many people suffer from poor heart health, perhaps because they aren't getting enough exercise. Because of this, along with poor nutrition, people accumulate homocysteine in the blood, which leads to blood clots.

Vitamin B9 has been shown to effectively deconstruct the homocysteine buildups and comfortably help regulate proper blood flow. For years people have been studying the effects of folic acid on cardiovascular health, but only recently have researchers put forth effort to see the effects it has as an antidepressant. Research shows this substance to be an augmenting mediator in standard antidepressant treatments, meaning that depressive symptoms are most commonly neuropsychiatric manifestations of folate deficiency.

Clinicians believe that people with low amounts of folate in their blood plasma respond poorly to antidepressant treatments. This leads research to conclude that folic acid plays a major role in regulating emotion and mood. Instead of investing in psychiatric medications, just try eating better.

It could astound you how much changes with a little nutrition. Accordingly higher doses of folic acid could potentially change the world, even if it is one person at a time. Supplements are convenient and conventional, but they do not have the same benefits as nutrition from raw foods.

It is best to try to get your vitamins and minerals from the foods that you eat. Folic acid is easy enough to consume by eating broccoli, spinach, whole wheat tortillas and other delicious foods.

Start preserving your health and body by eating healthier foods today. Investing in healthy whole foods could be the best decision of your life. 


Author Resource: Destry Masterson is a health and nutrition expert. She publishes articles about health, nutrition and Daily Bread Food storage. She can be reached at MyOnlineArticleWriting@gmail.com or on Twitter:  @DestryMasterson. Article From Holistic Health Articles

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