It’s universal at this point that vitamins and minerals are necessary for good health. Nutrients like Vitamins A, C, and D are well-known for their health benefits. But these vitamins do more than support overall health; they’re essential for eye health, as well, offering benefits for eye surface health and retinal cellular structure. A vitamin that has recently grown in popularity for eye and overall health is folate and folic acid.
This week (January 7th-13th) is designated as National Folic Acid Awareness Week. Folic acid is a synthesized form of folate, a naturally-derived form of Vitamin B9. Folate can be found in leafy greens like spinach and lettuce, as well as rice, asparagus, broccoli, orange juice, and bananas. Experts recommend that adults should be getting at least 400mcg of folate per day, and supplementation with folic acid is a common suggestion to help counteract low folate intake.
Low Folate Risks
The body needs folate to absorb and utilize nutrients properly. A few health concerns that have been linked to folate deficiencies are ulcerative colitis, liver disease, and anemia. Other problems that can occur with folate and folic acid deficiencies include:
- Shortness of breath
- Loss of appetite
- Poor growth
- Tongue inflammation
Benefits of Folate & Folic Acid
Folic acid aids in the development of the human body. It plays an important part in producing DNA, healthy brain function, and numerous other bodily functions. Folic acid is also helpful in reducing birth defects, kidney disease, and, in combination with Vitamins B6 and B12, the risk of developing vision loss associated with age. In recent science, these B vitamins proved to reduce the levels of homocysteine in the blood, a protein associated with a higher risk for several different eye health concerns, including age-related eye health issues and retinal blood vessel integrity.
It’s important to know the critical role folate and folic acid play in eye and overall health. This nutrient protects the body from development problems as well as vision loss, proving it to be vital for a good quality of life. Patients who may be concerned with or at risk for age-related eye health problems should be taking an eye health nutraceutical that includes folate/folic acid and Vitamins B6 and B12 to best protect their eyes.
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