Folic Acid is also known as Vitamin B9 and has a remarkably low solubility in water. Absorption of Folic Acid actually occurs in the small intestine. It usually takes an hour for Folic Acid to pass through the stomach and into the upper part of the small intestine, the jejunum and duodenum, where enzymes associated with the mucosal cell wall facilitate absorption by the body.In order to achieve meaningful levels of Folic Acid in a liquid supplement we have added small amounts of potassium carbonate to increase the solubility of the folic acid. See 37 J. Am. Pharm. Assoc. 397 (1997) This method increases the aqueous solubility of Folic Acid so that Folic Acid utilization can be optimized.Folate contributes to maternal tissue growth during pregnancy.
Folate contributes to normal amino acid synthesis.
Folate contributes to normal red blood formation.
Folate contributes to normal homocysteine metabolism.
Folate contributes to normal psychological function.
Folate contributes to the normal function of the immune system.
Folate contributes to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue.
Folate plays a role in the process of cell division.
If there is inadequate Folic Acid in the diet, or poor absorption of Folic Acid, then anaemia, or birth defects such as spina bifida may occur. Recently epidemiological studies have implicated Folic Acid in atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). Increased levels of homocysteine, an amino acid found in the blood has been found in people suffering from atherosclerosis. Folic Acid, B12, and B6 help to breakdown homocysteine and therefore may be useful in the control of atherosclerosis.
Recommended daily dose: 400mcg.
For preconception and pregnancy 400mcg.
3-6 months pregnant 500mcg.
6-9 months pregnant 600mcg.