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FOLATE


THE BREAKDOWN
  • It is the origin of genetic building material
  • Breaks down proteins
  • Lowers the risk of having a baby with neural tube defects.
  • Maintains healthy red blood cells
  • Source for strong bones and hair
  • Strengthens the immune, digestive and nervous systems


IN THE BODY
The liver is the primary storage facility for Folate.


WITHDRAWALS
Lack of Folate in the system can cause severe mood swings, stomach and digestive malfunctions. Complications during pregnancy may also occur. Lack of the proper Folate intake can lead to heart disease and cancer.


NATURAL FORMS
Natural sources of Folate exist in leafy greens like lettuce and spinach as well as in liver, fruits and dry beans.


DAILY DOSE
  • Women 400 mcg
  • Men 400 mcg
  • During pregnancy 600 mcg
  • During breast feeding 500 mcg

OVER DOSAGE
If one exceeds the recommended dosage of Folate, problems having a good night’s sleep or with your stomach can easily occur.


FIGHTING AGENTS
Excessive intake of estrogen, tobacco, alcohol and many other prescription or nonprescription drugs can keep your body from receiving the Folate you have taken.


SUPPLEMENTS
To prevent Neural tube deficiencies that occur during pregnancy, therapeutic use of Folate supplements should be used. Other uses include skin problems, mental disorders, chronic fatigue and the prevention of cancer and heart disease.


WARNINGS
Folate can stop anticonvulsant drugs from doing their job, and may blind doctors to a vitamin B12 deficiency.



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