As Valentine’s day approaches with all this love in the air we wanted share some basic information about an important vitamin that helps protect your heart! Vitamin B9 (folic acid) is one of the boosts that we offer in our B12 or lipotropic injections. You may have heard many things about folic acid, but let me give you a quick summary about what it is, where it is found, and why we need it.
Folic acid is a water-soluble vitamin that is usually recommended for pregnant women to prevent spina bifida in a fetus, but it has other uses and we ALL need it. Patients have reported better memory and fertility after receiving B9. It has been linked to decrease risk for depression, diabetes, and arthritis. It has also been proven to enhance:
- DNA synthesis
- red blood cell production
- prevention of anemia
- heart and brain health
I think we can all appreciate having enough red blood cells, having our brains function normally, and having a healthy heart. Can you believe that Vitamin B9 helps with all of that?! It’s amazing how such a small thing can have such a big impact on your life. You can get your Folic acid naturally from the following foods:
- dark, green, leafy vegetables
- citrus fruits
One of the more common side effects of B9 deficiency is anemia. Folic Acid Deficiency Anemia or Megaloblastic Anemia causes the red blood cells of the body to be abnormally large. These abnormally large red blood cells cannot transport sufficient oxygen to body tissues causing feelings of weakness or headache. More severe cases result in graying and curling of hair, infertility, and worsening heart health.
So it is important for all of us to get B9 from the very beginning of our lives. Thankfully, there are many ways that we can get it. The best way is probably to get vitamin B9 from your diet. However, if you’re not eating enough green leafy veggies or the citrus fruits needed; know that Accesa Health will always be here for you <3. So will you B9?