Folic acid is an essential B vitamin. It’s involved in as much of your daily internal activities as your mother-in-law seems to be externally.
Folic acid plays an integral role in the breakdown, creation, and use of proteins. It’s also needed to help form new red blood cells and DNA, your body’s most basic building block and instruction manual.
Not to mention, folic acid also ensures that tissues and cells grow and function properly. This is particularly important during pregnancy where getting enough folic acid can help reduce the risk of serious, possibly life-threatening birth defects in the spine and brain of the unborn baby. But it’s especially important for pregnant women because getting the right amount of folic acid is necessary to prevent a serious birth defect called spina bifida as well as decrease Junior’s risk of cancer in his early years. There is a risk in too much…more than 1,200 micrograms a day seems to foster the growth of some cancers -- such as some breast cancers, just as too little fosters cancer’s initiation.
You also should take it if you want to prevent gray hair, a swollen tongue, sores in the mouth called ulcers, and even diarrhea.
Guys who are older than 14 need 800 micrograms a day. Girls and women ages 14-50 need at least 800 micrograms daily; pregnant women should aim for 800 micrograms a day. Women who are older than 50 need 800 mcg a day.So fill up on folic acid-containing foods like citrus, dark leafy greens, and cereal or bread and cover the rest with a supplement.