Vitamin B9 or folic acid, along with vitamin B12 is necessary for the formation of red blood cells.
- It is essential for the growth and division of all body cells for healing processes. It aids protein metabolism and helps prevent premature greying.
- Valuable sources of this vitamin are deep green leafy vegetables such as spinach, lettuce, brewers yeast, mushrooms, nuts,peanuts and liver.
- A deficiency can result in certain types of anemia, serious skin disorders, loss of hair, impaired circulation, fatigue and mental depression.
- The minimum daily requirement of this vitamin is 0.4 mg.
- To correct anemia and deficiencies 5 mg or more are needed daily. Some authorities believe that folic acid is contraindicated in leukemia and cancer.
CATHERINE SHALINI RAJA
CARDIO RESPIRATORY PHYSICAL THERAPIST
FITNESS & SPORTS REHABILITATION SPECIALIST.