Think twice about Folic Acid...
Folate and Folic Acid are not the same. Why should you think twice about Folic Acid? Folic Acid, a common ingredient in multivitamins may not be as good as was once thought. Folic Acid is the synthetic form of folate.
Folate is a naturally occurring vitamin (also known as B9) that is found in leafy greens and beans. Folate is very important for the body, as it encourages cell and tissue growth and DNA repair.
In contrast, your body can only convert a small amount of the synthetic folic acid into healthy, natural folate, leaving the synthetic, unmodified folic acid to reach your cells. Since the cells don’t know how to process folic acid, it may damage cells and even promote cancer growth.
What do you do? Check your multi’s to make sure that ‘Folic Acid’ isn’t an ingredient, and aim to get about 400mcg of Folate per day!
Some Folate health benefits includes reducing risk of heart disease, promoting health and function of brain, fostering positive mood and preventing depression, slows down aging process, promotes healthy pregnancy and fetal development, and promotes liver health.
A few of the most concentrated sources of folate include:
- Brussels Sprouts
- Broccoli (cooked)
- Oranges / Citrus
- Sunflower seeds