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Vitamin B9 - Folic Acid

Vitamin B9

Vitamin B9 is better known as Folic Acid and is most commonly associated with women who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy. This is because Folic Acid is known to help reduce neural tube defects in a growing foetus. Vitamin B9 is used by the body for the formation of DNA which enables cell replication and growth. 

Folic Acid deficiency has general symptoms such as tiredness, weakness, loss of apetite and diarrhoea. A deficiency can occur if not enough Folic Acid is taken in through the diet, or perhaps when the body requires more such as during pregnancy. A deficiency can also sometimes happen if someone has a medical condition like Chrons disease where vitamin absorption rates drop. Certain medications can also have the same effect.

Food sources of Folic Acid include fruit, vegetables and wholegrains. If following a healthy nutritious diet then a deficiency is unlikely in most people. However, if you are in one of the groups where a supplement is advisable we recommend a good quality Folic Acid supplement that contains 400 micrgrams of the vitamin per tablet.

For pregnant women Asda are currently offering free folic acid supplements through their pharmacies.

If you are currently taking any prescribed medication or have any medical conditions please consult your doctor or consultant, to seek advice before taking any vitamins or supplements.