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Providing the right amount of folic acid with diet can prove very difficult during pregnancy. For example, in order to provide 400 µg of the component, you should eat about 1 kg of spinach a day.
Consequently, it is recommended that women who are planning a baby take folic acid supplements even 6 weeks before planned conception as well as during pregnancy (until the end of the second trimester). That dosage helps to maintain proper spine and brain development and reduces the risk of a neural tube disorder in a foetus.
Folic acid - also known as vitamin B9, is a synthetic form of naturally occurring folates. It needs to be transformed to folates in order to be biologically active also in the human organism. Therefore, its supplementation is recommended to people who do not have problems with methylation processes.
The majority of people associate folic acid with the period of pregnancy. It is definitely a justified association. Proper supply of vitamin B9 conditions correct development of the fetus and prevents disorders of neural tube defects in a baby.
Supplementation with folic acid also demonstrates positive influence on the functions of the nervous system of adults. Some sources say that it is conducive to maintaining beneficial emotional states. Moreover, folic acid takes part in the process of erythropoiesis, thanks to which it enables efficient production of red cells.
Supplementation with folic acid should be also considered by men who deal with low sperm quality. It was proven that complementing the level of vitamin B9 is conducive to increasing reproductive abilities of men.