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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.
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.
Vitamin B6 is important for a number of functions including energy metabolism, and cardiovascular and nervous system health.
One of the two directly bioactive forms of vitamin B12 in a high strength capsule.
Folic Acid is also known as Vitamin B9 and has a number of important physiological functions.
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