IMPORTANCE: Folic Acid may reduce the risk of a heart attack by lowering homocysteine levels. In recent years, high levels of homocysteine have been found to be associated with an increased risk of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries due to the accumulation of fatty plaques). It protects against birth defects by helping regulate embryonic and fetal nerve cell formation. It protects against intestinal parasites and food poisoning. It may delay graying hair when used in conjunction with pantothenic acid and PABA. It promotes healthier looking skin, and is considered a brain food. It is needed for energy production, and the formation of red blood cells. It strengthens the immune system by aiding the proper formation and functioning of white blood cells. Folic Acid is important for healthy cell division and replication.
DEFICIENCY SYMPTOMS: May result in gastrointestinal disorders, anemia, Vitamin B-12 deficiency, pre-mature gray hair.