The Importance of Folic Acid and Vitamin B12

People are becoming increasingly aware of the benefits of vitamins and supplements. While some vitamins give you a boost when you need it, others can prevent some very serious conditions.  An example is the combination of Methylcobalamin (Vitamin B12) and Folic Acid (Vitamin B9). These two vitamins form the building blocks that are essential for the production of healthy cells.

Folic Acid

Vitamin B9 or Folic Acid encourages proper nerve and brain functioning and is essential for human growth and development. It aids in the production of DNA and RNA, the body's genetic material, and is particularly important when cells and tissues are growing rapidly, such as in infancy, adolescence, and pregnancy. Children and adults need folic acid to make normal red blood cells and prevent anaemia. Folic acid also improves liver function and is essential in the metabolism of homocysteine, which helps to prevent heart disease later in life.

Generally, studies show that people who consume higher levels of folic acid have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease than those who have a lower intake. Folic acid also plays an important role in brain function as well as in mental and emotional health. Some observational studies have also found correlations between low folic acid concentrations and poor cognitive function. Folic acid is often used to slow memory decline associated with ageing. It may also help protect against a certain form of cancers.

This list can help you determine if you are deficient folic acid.

Symptoms of Folic acid Deficiency:

  • Anaemia and pale skin
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome or low energy
  • Digestion problems: bloating, constipation, and IBS
  • Weak immune system: frequent illness
  • Depression, irritability  and moodiness
  • Premature grey hair
  • Stunted growth and development problems in early childhood
  • Swollen,  tender tongue and oral canker sores

B-12

Vitamin B-12 is important for our body's enzyme functions and in the maintenance of a healthy nervous system. Vitamin B-12 works especially well with Folic Acid to build the genetic material of cells, particularly the blood cells in bone marrow. It also helps to metabolise fats and carbohydrates while maintaining healthy nerve tissue and protecting from anaemia and heart disease. Vitamin B12 is highly recommended especially if you eat little or no animal protein, drink alcohol regularly or are taking antibiotics.

Folic Acid and B-12: Working Together

B-12 and Folic Acid work synergistically together to make red blood cells and are essential daily vitamins for men, women and seniors. Optimising folic acid and vitamin B12 intake can have a profound positive influence on cognitive ability as well as optimal nerve function at every age.

Spray Your Way to Health!

While there are many supplements in the form of tablets and capsules to pick from on the market, spray vitamins and spray supplements are far more advantageous (particularly if sprayed under the tongue and left there for 30 seconds before swallowing).

Folic Acid and Vitamin B-12 are available as a spray and since they work synergistically to support heart and nerve health, should be used in combination. Unlike liquids, capsules, and tablets, oral sprays bypass the digestive system and enter the bloodstream directly.

Spray supplements and spray vitamins are easier to use for both children and adults – and are certainly a more convenient, effective way to get your B-12 and Folic acid!

 

References:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14584018

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vitamins-minerals/Pages/Vitamin-B.aspx

https://draxe.com/folate-deficiency/

http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/vitamin-b9-folic-acid

http://www.drweil.com/vitamins-supplements-herbs/vitamins/vitamin-b9-folate/

 


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