Folic Acid (Vitamin B9)


Folic Acid is a water-soluble member of the B-Vitamin Complex, essential for accurate cell division because it both helps build and prevent changes to DNA that may lead to cancer. We also need Folic Acid to make normal red blood cells and prevent anemia.

Alcohol not only interferes with Folic Acid absorption, but also the liver’s storage and release of the Vitamin. It also increases Folic Acid excretion by the kidneys, potentially causing deficiency. Taking a Folic Acid supplement provides the body with additional Folic Acid to support against deficiency’s harmful effects.

In fact, a Nurses' Health Study of women who regularly consumed alcohol showed those with the highest Folate levels in their blood were 90% less likely to develop breast cancer than those who had the lowest Folate levels.[1]

Like Vitamin B6, Folic Acid helps break down homocysteine, an amino acid associated with increased risk of heart disease.[2][3] Research on 15,000 physicians reveals those with diets low in Folate and Vitamin B6 were 3-times more likely to suffer heart attacks than those whose diets were adequate.[4]

Ingredient Research
1. Zhang S, Willet WC, Selhub J, et al. Plasma folate, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, homocysteine and risk of breast
    cancer. JNCI. 2003;95:373–380.
2. http://dietary-supplements.info.nih.gov/factsheets/folate.asp
3. Thomson SW, Heimburger DC, Cornwell PE, et al. Correlates of total plasma homocysteine: folic acid, copper, and
    cervical dysplasia. Nutrition. 2000;16(6):411-416.
4. http://recipes.howstuffworks.com/how-nutrition-works4.htm

Additional Resources
1. http://dietary-supplements.info.nih.gov/factsheets/folate.asp
2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Folate