Folic Acid

What are the benefits?

Folic acid is a water soluble B vitamin needed for the production of energy and the formation of red blood cells. Folic acid also aids in the proper formation and functioning of white blood cells.

What are the natural food sources?

Folic acid is found in a wide range of foods including green leafy vegetables, liver, yeast, wheat germ, fortified bread, nuts, eggs and pulses.

How much do you need?

The standard recommended daily allowance (RDA) for folic acid is 200 mcg. However, women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant are advised to take a daily supplement containing 400 mcg of folic acid, to help prevent neural tube defects in the developing baby such as spina bifida.

Are you likely to be deficient?

Generally, people do not consume the recommended amount of folic acid. Folic acid deficiency is common among alcoholics, people living at poverty level, those suffering from malabsorption disorders, and women taking the birth control pill.

Are you taking too much?

A long-term intake of up to 1000 mcg daily is not considered harmful

Are there any interactions?

Folic acid is needed by the body to utilize vitamin B12. Proteolytic enzymes, antacids and alcohol inhibit folic acid absorption, and oral contraceptives may increase the need for folic acid. You should not take high doses of folic acid for an extended period if you have a hormone-related cancer or convulsive disorder.

Folic Acid can be found in the following products:

Cardioace 30 Capsules, Cosmopolitan 30 Capsules, Goldcare 30 Capsules, Jointace 30 Capsules, Menopace 30 Tablets, Perfectil 30 Tablets, Premence 30 Capsules, Pregnacare 30 Tablets, Visionace 30 Tablets, Wellman 30 Tablets, Wellwoman 30 Capsules and Feroglobin Liquid 200 ml.

The levels of vitamins and minerals contained within all Vitabiotics' products are within the safe levels published by the Health Food Manufacturers Association and elsewhere. Note - this material is provided for information purposes only. While Vitabiotics has taken steps to ensure it is as factual as possible, we cannot provide any guarantee on the reliability of all information contained herein or the reliability of facts obtained from other information sources.