Today we talk about vitamin B-9, also known as folate or folic acid . . . and it helps the body convert carbohydrates into fuel, which is used to produce energy. And is primarily responsible for healthy cell growth. These are the cells found inside the skin tissues as well as in the hair and nails.
But this important little vitamin also helps the body use "fats" and protein.
So we've all heard before that women that are pregnant should take "folic acid" to help prevent some major birth defects of the baby's brain and spine. This is because . . . folic acid is used by the body to manufacture DNA and as we know . . . DNA is required for rapid cell division and organ/tissue formation in the developing baby.
Folic acid also helps prevent changes to DNA that my lead to cancer. And it's been used to treat anemia which is a lack of red blood cells caused by folic acid deficiency,
And what about with this virus???
The combination of oral folic acid and vitamin B12 can significantly improved not only cognitive performance in the elderly . . . but can reduce the level of inflammatory "cytokines", which will help to reduce this viruses ability to "replicate".
Okay so what are some of the symptoms of vitamin B9 deficiency???
Well . . . that would be. . . being tired, weak, having heart palpitations, shortness of breath, headaches, irritability and difficulty concentrating.
And what are some good food sources???
Well . . . look for dark green leafy vegetables like turnip greens, spinach, romaine lettuce, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, beans, sunflower seeds, liver, seafood and fresh fruits.
Tomorrow we continue with vitamin B10
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