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Folic acid and folate are not the same


We all know it’s important to eat our vegetables especially the dark leafy greens, but do we really know why?

Folate, also known vitamin B9, is one of many essential vitamins needed for copying and synthesising DNA, producing new cells, and supporting nerve and immune functions. As a water-soluble B vitamin, it’s naturally present in some foods, added to others and available as a dietary supplement in the form of folic acid.

Studies show that a diet high in folate rich foods can help prevent cancer, heart disease, birth defects, anaemia and cognitive decline.

Folate deficiency can be a serious problem, although in most developed nations it’s not nearly as common of a nutrient deficiency as some others. How can you tell if you may be folate deficient?

1. Poor immune function

2. frequently getting sick

3. Chronic low energy

4. Poor digestion issues like constipation

5. bloating and IBS

6. Developmental problems during pregnancy and infancy, including stunted growth

7. Anaemia

8. Canker sores in the mouth and a tender, swollen tongue

9. Changes in mood, including irritability

10. Pale skin

11. Premature hair greying

12. MTHFR ‘gene’

13 Depression

This list is not exhaustive

And where can you get more folate?

1. Spinach

2. Beef liver and animal organs

3. Black eyed peas

4. Asparagus

5. Broccoli

6. Brussel Sprouts

7. Mustard greens

8. Kidney beans

9. Romaine lettuce

10. Avocado

11. Wheat germ

12. Oranges (1 a week is enough)

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