How Important Is Vitamin B9 To Women’s Health?
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 may also help slow memory decline associated with aging.
Pregnant women have an increased need for this B vitamin, as folic acid 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 food sources of folic acid. Other natural sources of folate include asparagus, bananas, melons, lemons, legumes, yeast and mushrooms.
Try these recipes that offer up vitamin B9:
If you are pregnant or nursing, discuss your vitamin B9 dosage with your obstetrician/gynecologist as supplementation is highly recommended to ensure you are getting enough.
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