Vitamin B9

The scientific name of vitamin B9 is folate or folic acid. The name comes from the Latin word “folium” which means leaves. (because it was first isolated from spinach). It is a water-soluble vitamin. Folic acid is necessary for optimal brain functioning and plays an important role in the production of RNA and DNA. It plays an important role in the development of the brain of the fetus during pregnancy. It works with other vitamins like vitamin B12 for the production of red blood cells.

Rich source of Vitamin B9

  • Liver
  • Soybeans
  • yeast
  • kidney
  • legumes
  • gut bacteria
  • Leafy vegetables
  • Pasta
  • Bread
  • Cereal
  • green peas
  • oranges
  • sunflower seeds

Uses (functions) of vitamin B9

  • Cures Mental Disorders
  • Supports Muscle Build-up
  • Fights against Depression
  • Prevents Premature Aging
  • Prevent Birth Defects
  • Improves Heart Health
  • Reduces Risk of Cancer
  • Promotes Formation of Red Blood Cells
  • Good for Fertility
  • Combats Free Radicals
  • Coenzyme Activity

Vitamin B9 Deficiency problems

  • Memory loss
  • Depression
  • Psychosis
  • persistent fatigue
  • weakness
  • lethargy
  • irritability and loss of appetite
  • anemia
  • In pregnants deficiency of vitamin B9 leads to birth defects such as neural tube defects
  • gray hair
  • mouth sores
  • tongue swelling
  • growth problems
  • pale skin
  • shortness of breath
  • Nerve damage
  • Visual defects
  • Muscle cramps can lead to trouble walking
  • Ankle swelling
  • Gum disease
  • Burning sensation in the mouth
  • Cancer
  • Heart disease