Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Vitamin: Folic Acid


Folic acid (also known as vitamin B9, vitamin Bc or folacin) and folate (the naturally occurring form), as well as pteroyl-L-glutamic acid,pteroyl-L-glutamate, and pteroylmonoglutamic acid are forms of the water-soluble vitamin B9. Folic acid is itself not biologically active, but its biological importance is due to tetrahydrofolate and other derivatives after its conversion to dihydrofolic acid in the liver.

Vitamin B9 (folic acid and folate inclusive) is essential to numerous bodily functions. The human body needs folate to synthesize DNA, repair DNA, and methylate DNA as well as 250px-Folicacid2[1]to act as a cofactor in biological reactions involving folate. It is especially important in aiding rapid cell division and growth, such as in infancy and pregnancy, as well as in "feeding" some cancers. While a normal diet also high in natural folates may decrease the risk of cancer, there is diverse evidence that high folate intake from supplementation may actually promote some cancers as well as precancerous tumours and lesions.Children and adults both require folic acid to produce healthy red blood cells and prevent anaemia.

One of the most important nutrients to prevent hair loss

Folic acid promotes healthy cell growth which in turn produces healthy skin regeneration03f9143da480492998fe9e2977f6c581[1], and of course hair regeneration or hair re-grow. Taking folic acid vitamins for hair loss prevention can not only greatly decrease your chances of experiencing hair loss to begin  with, as well as help to prevent future hair loss. When male are deficient in folic acid, some men became completely bald!

Folic acid can be purchased in supplements over the counter, but it is best to get your vitamins in the foods you eat. Folic acid is found in nuts and in soybeans. Try replacing your cow's milk with soymilk. Also may leafy green vegetables such as spinach and turnip greens (although the folic acid never seemed to help Popeye!).

The reason that folic acid hair growth may indeed be a reality is the role that folic acid plays in cell division within the body. Folic acid is essential to the healthy and efficient reproduction of new cells all over the body. Research seems to suggest that this includes hair cells, especially for those with thinning hair.


  1. Folic acid is also essential for pregnant women and helping to reduce the affects of congenital abnormalities and neural tubal defects. Many women believe that taking prenatal vitamins is what makes their hair and nails grow but as we know this is not true. I can say that folic acid is the only vitamin I have been able to take and it absolutely helped my hair and nails... cheers to folic acid!!! thanks for the review :-)

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