Although folic acid benefits more than just pregnant women and their unborn children, it is vital during pregnany, and every mother or even expectant mother should make sure she is getting the proper amount. However this nutrient is so vital to digestion, which is the key for absorbing anything, that everyone should make sure they are getting their daily dosage. The daily amount for a normal (not pregnant) person, is 180-200 mcg, but if you are pregnant or considering becoming pregnant, take 400 mcgs a day.
Folic acid benefits everyone by:
- stimulating the appetite
- brain function – test have been done proving long term supplementation improved cognitive function significantly
- cell growth and reproduction – essential in cell growth and reproduction, making folic acid during pregnancy essential
- circulation – helps to maintain healthy circulation of the blood throughout the body, and has helped with circulation in the feet.
- DNA and RNA production
- hydrochloric acid production – essential in digestion, and also helps to absorb folic acid
- liver performance – plays an important role
- nucleic acid formation – nucleic acid synthesis is strictly dependant on folic acid.
- protein metabolism – essential for protein metabolism
- red blood cell formation – essential for the formation of healthy red blood cells
Although it is necessary for everyone to have this important B vitamin, folic acid during pregnancy is essential.
Unfortunately, I have seen firsthand what a deficiency can do to an unborn child. I won’t go into the grossness of the deformity, but the child did die soon after taken off of life support.
If you are pregnant take folic acid and pregnancy will be easier as well, since it helps you digest your food.
The plant sources are:
- brown rice
- cabbage family
- citrus fruits
- green leafy vegetables
- soybean sprouts
- soy flour
One cup of asparagus has 160 mcgs.
Some other plant sources are: beets, boysenberries, brown rice, cabbage family, cantaloupe, citrusfruits, green leafy vegetables, soybean sprouts, soy flour, spinach,Asparagus 1 cup=160 mcg
If you are taking or using: Alcohol, aspirin, coffee, sulfa drugs, tobacco, or have celiac disease, or a fever, or oral contraceptives, or are under a stress, then your absorption of folic acid may be compromised. It is best to avoid these substances and/or situations for best absorption.
For the daily dosage and supplementary ranges, toxicity, augmenting nutrients, animal sources, plant sources, bodily parts affected, bodily functions facilitated, deficiency symptoms, and therapeutic applications for this vital nutrient (as well as for every other vitamin and mineral), see our Nutrition Chart Book.
Whether you are pregnant or not, this vital nutrient is essential for good health. With its important function of stimulating hydrochloric acid production so you can absorb nutrition, among the other roles it plays, folic acid benefits the entire body, helping it to achieve and maintain optimum health!