Folic Acid

Sophie Medlin
Dietitian

Major Functions

DNA synthesis - Energy - Red blood cell health

In every dose

500mcg (equal to 2 cups of boiled spinach or a whole 3lb crab*)

* (plant sources are much better than meat)

What’s in it for my brain?

Folate helps to lower homocysteine levels, which is important as high levels have been linked to dementia and Alzheimer’s. It also contributes to normal psychological function and helps to reduce tiredness and fatigue.

Fringe benefits

Essential for healthy red blood cells

Protects unborn babies from birth defects

Plays well with

Folic acid, iron and vitamin B12 all work together to protect from all forms of anaemia

Clever stuff

Folate is a water-soluble vitamin also known as vitamin B9. The body needs it to make DNA and other genetic material, which is why it’s recommended that women trying to conceive take a supplement prior to and during pregnancy.

For the nerdy

Here’s a handful of relevant scientific studies on folic acid.

Science moves faster than we do, but we’re updating these lists as often as we can.