Signs of Folic Acid Deficiency:

  • Abnormal pap smear
  • Anemia
  • Apathy
  • Birth defects in one’s offspring, Spina bifida
  • Depression
  • Diarrhea
  • Digestive disturbances
  • Fatigue
  • Gingivitis
  • Graying hair
  • Growth impairment
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Labored breathing
  • Loss of appetite
  • Memory problems
  • Paranoia
  • Sore, red tongue
  • Weakness

Health Concerns – What Folic Acid Is Used For:

  • Acne
  • Aids
  • Candidiasis
  • Cataracts
  • Celiac disease
  • Cerebrovascular insufficiency
  • Constipation
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Diarrhea
  • Epilepsy
  • Fatigue
  • Gout
  • Hepatitis
  • Infertility
  • Neural tube defects
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Periodontal disease
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Seborrheic dermatitis
  • Senility
  • Ulcerative colitis 

What Folic Acid Does:

  • Builds up babies’ resistance to infection
  • Can prevent some types of cancer
  • Essential for transmission of genetic code
  • Helpful in the treatment of heart disease
  • Helps form blood and effective for anemia
  • Helps alleviate depression and anxiety
  • Helps prevent atherosclerosis
  • Helps prevent osteoporosis
  • Helps  prevent premature birth
  • Improves lactation
  • Improves skin condition
  • Increases appetite in debilitated patients
  • Involved in protein metabolism
  • May be effective in the treatment of uterine cervical dysplasia
  • Natural analgesic
  • Needed for metabolism of RNA and DNA
  • Prevents some types of birth defects such as spina bifida and anencephaly

FOOD SOURCES of Folic Acid:

  • Asparagus
  • Bananas
  • Barley
  • Beets
  • Black-eyed peas
  • Bran
  • Brewer’s yeast
  • Brown rice
  • Cheese
  • Chicken
  • Citrus fruits
  • Dates
  • Eggs
  • Garbanzos
  • Green leafy vegetables
  • Lamb
  • Legumes
  • Lentils
  • Liver
  • Meat
  • Milk
  • Mushrooms
  • Nuts
  • Organ meats
  • Pork
  • Root vegetables
  • Salmon
  • Soy beans and flour
  • Split peas
  • Tuna
  • Wheat germ
  • Whole grains
  • Whole wheat

Other Sources- Name Brands for Folic Acid:

  •  Folic Acid B-12 from Standard Process Labs

Caution & Comments about Folic Acid:

  • Alcohol and many prescription drugs like estrogens, sulfasalazine and barbiturates impair folic acid metabolism
  • Antacids inhibit folic acid absorption
  • Do not take high doses of folic acid for extended periods if you have a hormone-related cancer or convulsive disorder
  • Easily destroyed by light and heat
  • Folic acid is toxic in large doses and can cause severe neurological problems
  • High doses may cause insomnia and interfere with the absorption of zinc in the body.