Benefits of folic acid
- Improves general health and wellbeing
- Reduces risk of certain birth defects
Folic acid helps reduce risk of certain birth defects such as spina bifida. Supplements are usually prescribed to pregnant women to prevent such scenarios.
- Prevents and treats folate deficiency
It is important to maintain the folic acid levels in our body to prevent side effects. In certain situations, supplements will be required to prevent and treat a deficiency. Some examples would include pregnancy, surgery, insufficient dietary intake or malabsorption.
- Facilitates production of red blood cells
Folic acid aids in boosting the production and maintenance of red blood cells in your body.
Recommended dosage for folic acid
The recommended dosage for folic acid is 400 micrograms (mcg) per day for adults, and 400 - 800mcg per day for pregnant women or women planning for pregnancy.
Do note that you should not take over 1000mcg of folic acid per day unless prescribed. Excessive folic acid intake may result in absence of symptoms if you lack vitamin B12, which may cause nerve damage.
When taking supplements, always follow the instructions on the product labels or as prescribed by your doctor. If you are on other medications or have any pre-existing medical conditions, kindly seek advice from a health professional.
Blackmores Singapore offers a folic acid supplement product at a convenient daily dose.