Vitamin B9 (Folate / Folic Acid) is essential for a happy, enthusiastic and youthful zest in life.
Important in cell development and growth, particularly in the rapid cell development in infants and pregnancy, Vitamin B9 is also an essential key to a youthful body and mind.
In its natural form Vitamin B9 is a water soluble vitamin referred to as Folate. Folic Acid is the synthetic form of folate which is found in supplements and in fortified foods.
Increased levels of folic acid have been shown to relieve depression and increase memory and mental agility both in the elderly and young. In fact, depression is the most common symptom of folic acid deficiency along with fatigue, apathy and dementia.
Folic acid is important in the production of serotonin and other neurotransmitters in the brain. Low levels of these vital “happy” chemicals can lead to mood swings, depression and psychiatric problems.
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Benefits of Folate, Folic Acid
- Vital in cell growth and repair
- Helps protect against heart disease
- Helps reduce risk of strokes
- Improves memory and mental agility
- Boosts Serotonin in our brain, keeping us happy
- Reported to helps stop and even reverse cancer development
Vegan Vitamin B9 Foods
Vitamin B9 is found in leafy green vegetables, legumes (black-eyed peas, chickpeas, lentils etc), citric fruits and fortified foods, many cereals and breads are now fortified with folic acid. Although we often only absorb half of the folate available within these sources.
Vegan Sources of Vitamin B
- Edamame (Green Soybeans)
- Black Eyed Beans