February 5, 2013

folic acidKnown as vitamin B9 or folate, folic acid is undoubtedly one of the most important nutrients essential for normal function of our body. This nutrient is widely recognized as very useful but yet quite controversial one. Many experts agree that folic acid is a key nutrient for pregnant women, and according to Pamela Egan, FNP-C CDE, a folic acid deficiency in the first two weeks of pregnancy significantly increases the risk for developing spina bifida and other birth defects. For all of us, folic acid plays an important protective role and can help us lower the risks of cardiovascular diseases, depression and similar psychological disorders, inflammatory bowel condition, osteoporosis, blood vessel disease, as well as other serious health conditions. By adding natural sources of folic acid, primarily fresh fruit and vegetables, to our daily diet we get an opportunity to enjoy protective benefits of this nutrient. Read the rest of this entry »