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Folic Acid Supplements

Folic acid is a B vitamin. In its natural form it is called folate or Vitamin B9. Our bodies use it to make new healthy cells and tissue. Folate is found in foods like dark green vegetables, citrus fruits, dried beans and peas. Folic acid is added to some foods such as cereals, flour, and bread. Not getting enough folic can lead to health problems like anemia (a low number of red blood cells in the body). It can also cause diarrhea, mouth sores, gray hair, and swelling of the tongue. We all need to eat foods with folic acid as part of a healthy food plan. It is even more important for women who are able to get pregnant. It helps prevent birth defects of their baby's brain and spine. Many doctors urge women who are pregnant or are thinking about getting pregnant to take a folic acid supplement. A vitamin supplement is taken to make up for something lacking in food eaten. Folic acid supplements may also be helpful for other people. Those who have poor diets, digestive problems, or drink too much alcohol may benefit from supplements. A wide choice of folic acid supplements are at Walgreens for you to choose from.

Taking Folic Acid Supplements Safely

Folic acid is a vital nutrient that your body needs daily. Most adults need 400 micrograms of folic acid each day for good health. If you do not get enough folic acid from the foods you eat, you may decide to take a supplement. Folic acid supplements are often safe as long as you don't take too much. Too much folic acid can cause reactions. It can lead to stomach pain, rashes, and problems with sleep. Severe issues can result from taking high amounts of folic acid for a long period of time. It might hide the signs of low levels of another B vitamin, B12. Some studies show too much folic acid may raise the risk of getting some forms of cancer. But this is not clear since other research showed it had no effect. Folic acid supplements may interact with a number of medications. You should not take them with some drugs given for cancer, seizures, and problems with the immune system. Folic acid supplements can also interfere with other supplements like green tea. Before taking a supplement on your own, talk to your doctor. He or she can help you decide if a folic acid supplement is right for you based on your health issues or concerns. The doctor can also tell you how much to take and if there are any interactions with prescription drugs, supplements, or over the counter medicines you are also taking.

This summary is intended for general informational purposes only, and should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not strictly regulate herbs and supplements. There is no guarantee of purity, strength, or safety of the products. As a result, effects may vary. You should read product labels. In addition, if you are taking medications, herbs, or other supplements you should consult with a qualified healthcare provider before taking a supplement as supplements may interact with other medications, herbs, and nutritional products. If you have a medical condition, including if you are pregnant or nursing, you should speak to a qualified healthcare provider before taking a supplement. Consult a healthcare provider immediately if you experience side effects.

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