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Do You Need Vitamin B9?
Published: 4/16/2013

Vitamin B9, more commonly known as folate or folic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin essential for human growth and development. It encourages normal nerve and brain functioning, and may help prevent heart disease and stroke by reducing blood levels of homocysteine (an amino-acid byproduct that is believed to raise the risk of heart attack, stroke and dementia). Studies suggest it might also help protect against cancers of the lung and cervix, and may help slow memory decline associated with aging.

Pregnant women have an increased need for folic acid: it supports the growth of the placenta and fetus, and it helps to prevent several types of birth defects, especially those of the brain and spine, such as neural tube defects. Pregnant women and women of childbearing age should take extra steps to get enough folic acid. Spinach, green vegetables and beans are good sources, as are fortified products such as orange juice and cereals. Other natural sources of folate include asparagus, bananas, melons, lemons, legumes, yeast and mushrooms.

I recommend 400 mcg per day as part of a B-complex supplement that contains a full spectrum of B vitamins, including biotin, thiamine, B12, riboflavin and niacin. If you are pregnant or nursing, discuss your vitamin B9 dosage with your obstetrician/gynecologist. Visit the Vitamin Advisor for more supplement information.

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