Folic acid, also known as folate & vitamin B9, is the man-made version of folacin and one member of the Vitamin B complex. Found in various fortified foods and most dietary Supplements, folic acid helps the Body make healthy red blood cells and is often used in the treatment of folate deficiency anaemia.
No! Folic acid is water-soluble so any leftovers of the vitamin will leave your body when you go to the toilet.
Foods containing folic acid include leafy green leafy vegetables, such as kale, cabbage, and spinach. Many breakfast cereals are fortified with folic acid, and liver is a rich source too but must NOT be taken by pregnant women.
Whatever the reason you're supplementing with folic acid, it's important to keep taking it for as long as it's recommended. In most cases folic acid tends to start working in a few hours, but in cases of folate deficiency anaemia treatment, it could take weeks before you start to notice any improvements.
Folic acid is particularly important for women, especially if they are pregnant or planning on having a baby. It helps prevent neural tube defects (NTDs) on the baby's Brain and spine.
Women should take approximately 400 to 800 micrograms of folic acid everyday, even before Pregnancy, to help prevent NTDs.
Fatigue, palpitations, headaches, tinnitus and a general lack of Energy may all indicate a lack of folic acid. If you feel you have a folacin deficiency, please consult your GP before considering supplementation.