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What are the best benefits of folic acid?


Folic acid is one of the types of B group vitamins that dissolve in water, and it is also considered important for human health. As it performs many important functions in the body, it is worth noting that vitamin B9 consists of folic acid and folate.


Benefits of folic acid:
Where folic acid provides many health benefits for the human body, and it can be said that it is important for pregnant women in particular, in addition to that, it is considered important for the production of red blood cells, deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), ribonucleic acid, and short (RNA). In addition to that, folic acid is involved in the process of cell division and development, and among its other health benefits:


Reducing the risk of having a child with autism:

One study indicated that a pregnant woman who suffers from disturbances in the metabolism of folic acid, has a lower risk of giving birth to a child with autism spectrum disease if she has adequate levels of folic acid, but more studies are still needed to prove this.


 Reducing the risk of having a baby with a cleft lip or cleft throat:

 As taking folic acid pills during pregnancy can reduce the risk of having a baby with cleft lip, or cleft throat ، Reducing symptoms resulting from taking rheumatoid arthritis medications: People with rheumatoid arthritis take a drug called methotrexate, which causes a loss of folate from the body, and this may lead to digestive disturbances in 20-65% of people, and therefore people Those taking this medicine are advised to take a folic acid supplement, but they should consult a doctor beforehand.

Symptoms of folate deficiency:

  1. Stress, fatigue, and fatigue.
  2. Gray hair appears.
  3.  Infection with ulcers in the mouth.
  4. Swelling of the tongue.



People at risk of folate deficiency:

 Although it is rare for people to develop a deficiency of folic acid in the United States, some people may have insufficient levels of it, and we mention of them:

 Women who are able to become pregnant and give birth:

Whereas, it is important for women who are planning to become pregnant and have a baby to have adequate levels of folic acid, in order to reduce the risk of having a baby with neural tube defects.


Pregnant women:
 As women's needs of folic acid increase during pregnancy, because it is important for the manufacture of nucleic acids, and therefore consuming it from its natural sources may not be sufficient, and therefore a pregnant woman is advised to take folic acid pills, in order to ensure that she gets adequate quantities of it.


People with a problem of malabsorption:

 There are some people who suffer from absorption disorders that affect the absorption of nutrients, such as wheat allergy disease or inflammatory bowel disease, and these disorders can lead to a decrease in the levels of folic acid in the body.

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