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Vitamin B9 – Deficiency and Sources

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Vitamin B9, is a water-soluble Vitamin that is part of the B complex group. The B group of Vitamins play an important role in nearly all facets of our bodily functions; they are all involved in processing our food into energy and breaking down of fats.

B complex Vitamins also assist the body in maintaining muscle strength in the lining of the digestive tract and keeping the nervous system, skin, hair, eyes, mouth, and liver healthy.

Vitamin B9 Source
Spinach Leaf

Vitamin B9, actively supports our emotional and mental health and is absolutely essential for our brain to function correctly, it helps in the production of DNA and is crucial to infants, adolescents and expecting mothers.

Vitamin B9 Folic Acid or Folate, supports Vitamins B6 and B12 to help iron to function correctly and regulate red blood cells and to control blood levels of the amino acid homocysteine. An excess of this particular amino acid, has been linked to heart disease, depression, Alzheimer’s disease and even cervical cancer.

A deficiency in Folic Acid causes stunted growth, swollen tongue, gingivitis, loss of appetite, shortness of breath, diarrhea, irritability, forgetfulness, and a loss of mental capacity.

A major cause of Vitamin B9 deficiency is alcoholism as it eradicates our reserves of B9. Supplements must be taken to maintain our necessary levels of this essential Vitamin as generally, our normal dietary intake is barely adequate. Expectant mothers should increase their daily intake of B9 as the fetus will account for most of the usual daily quota.

Dietary sources of Folic Acid are: Dark leafy vegetables such as spinach, asparagus, turnip greens, dry beans, soybeans, peas, beef liver, brewer’s yeast, root vegetables, fortified cereal products, like wheat, oats, corn and rice as well as oysters, salmon, orange juice, avocado, and milk.

The recommended dietary allowance for healthy adult men and women is: 400 micrograms, expectant mothers 600Mcg and lactating mothers 500Mcg.

Dr John Anne is a herbal specialist with years of experience and extensive research
on Herbs and Alternative health. For more helpful information read about Vitamin B9 Deficiency and Vitamin K Sources at Vitamins and Minerals Guide.

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