What is Folic Acid?
Folic Acid aids in combatting fatigue, the production and maintenance of new cells in your body as well as the prevention of DNA alterations that can result in cancer.
Folic acid is used to treat anaemia (loss of red blood cells) brought on by folic acid deficiency. Red blood cells transport oxygen from your lungs to your body’s tissues. When there aren’t enough healthy red blood cells to deliver oxygen to your body’s organs, anaemia develops. As a result, feeling cold and signs of fatigue or weakness are frequent. Anaemia comes in a variety of forms, but iron-deficiency anaemia is the most prevalent.
Your risk of anaemia rises if your diet persistently lacks iron, vitamin B12, folic acid and copper.
Do you suffer from:
People with a higher risk of Folic Acid deficiency are:
Take 1 tablet per day after a meal. Take 2 hours before or after any medication. Other medications’ efficacy may be impacted by folic acid too. Avoid taking your folic acid within two hours of having aluminium- or magnesium-containing antacids, since this may prevent the folic acid from being effectively absorbed.
Suitable from the age of 4 years
Who needs it?
Pregnant women – The chances of preterm birth and cardiac abnormalities may be decreased by folic acid.
People with mood disorders – Depression may be more common in people with low Folic Acid levels.
People with rheumatoid arthritis – Folic Acid may be prescribed for rheumatoid arthritis by doctors.
Those with cardiovascular disease, stroke, and blood vessel issues. Blood homocysteine levels are controlled by Folic Acid in conjunction with vitamins B6 and B12.
Those at risk of developing:
Folic acid supplementation may support dementia prevention.
Numerous cancers may be less likely to develop because to Folic Acid, according to some research.
Autism – According to some studies, ingesting folic acid before and during the first trimester of pregnancy may lower the baby’s risk of having autistic spectrum disorder (ASD).
Unique Selling Points:
In tablet form, easier to consume than powder form.
Tablets are odoulress, flavourless
Tablets are small and easy to swallow
Included detox properties offered by green Rooibos
Suitable for vegans and vegetarians
Q: There is Folic Acid in the OptiCalm supplement. Do I need to take Folic Acid additionally to this?
A: Depending on the usage requirements, which are shown below each age group.
OptiCalm yields: 350mcg
Folic Acid yields: 500mcg
Q: What is the required dosage of Folic Acid per day
|Age||Folate (Folic Acid) Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) For children under 1, only an adequate intake (AI) is available|
|0-6 months||65 micrograms/day|
|Adequate Intake (AI)|
|7-12 months||80 micrograms/day|
|Adequate Intake (AI)|
|1-3 years||150 micrograms/day|
|4-8 years||200 micrograms/day|
|9-13 years||300 micrograms/day|
|14 years and up||400 micrograms/day|
|Pregnant women||600 micrograms/day|
|Breastfeeding women||500 micrograms/day|
Q: What happens if I take too much Folic Acid?
A: Foods that naturally contain folate can never be consumed in excess. Unless your doctor provides a larger dose, you shouldn’t consume more folic acid than 1,000 micrograms each day. Folic acid overdose might mask symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency.
There may be interactions between Folic Acid supplements and a number of frequently given medication, including:
Drugs for treating epilepsy, including valproate (Depacon), phenytoin (Dilantin), carbamazepine (Carbatrol, Tegretol, etc.), and sulfasalazine (Azulfadine), as well as methotrexate, which is used to treat various malignancies and autoimmune illnesses.
Before using Folic Acid supplements if you’re taking one of these medications, please consult your doctor.