Folic acid is recognised as supporting and boosting energy, the metabolism the heart and the health of the nervous system.
Folic acid is also recognised to be of help to pregnant women in supporting the normal health and growth of the foetus.
90 x tablets per bottle.
Folic Acid Supplements – Nutritional Information
Each capsule contains:
Folic Acid 400mcg
Take one tablet with food
Dicalcium Phosphate, Cellulose, Magnesium Stearate, Folic Acid
Do NOT exceed the stated dose.
Store in a cool dry place.
NOT intended for use by persons under the age of 18.
Always consult your GP before taking nutritional supplements, especially if you are taking medication.
Suitable if pregnant or lactating.
Keep out of reach of children.
You should not take supplements as a substitute for a varied balanced diet.
Folic Acid should not be combined with Anticonvulsants, Chemotherapy, Gabapentin, Methotrexate, Phenobarbital or Valproic Acid medications.
How much do I need
Folate is a water-soluble vitamin, which means you need it in your diet every day because it cant be stored in the body.
Most people should be able to get the amount they need by eating a varied and balanced diet. Adults need 0.2 mg a day.
However, if you are pregnant or thinking of having a baby you should take a daily 0.4 mg 400 microgram folic acid supplement from the time you stop using contraception until the 12th week of pregnancy.
This is to help prevent neural tube defects such as spina bifida. If you have already had a pregnancy affected by a neural tube defect, a higher dose is recommended. Speak to your GP for more advice.
What does it do
Folate has a number of important functions. For example it
• works together with vitamin B12 to form healthy red blood cells
• helps reduce the risk of neural tube defects such as spina bifida in unborn babies
What happens if I take too much
If youre not getting enough vitamin B12 – known as vitamin B12 deficiency – taking doses of folic acid higher than 1 mg can hide this fact.
An early symptom of vitamin B12 deficiency is anaemia. But taking large amounts of folic acid treats the anaemia without treating the B12 deficiency. If vitamin B12 deficiency isnt noticed, it can eventually lead to damage of the nervous system neurological damage.
This is a concern particularly for older people, because as we get older it becomes more difficult to absorb vitamin B12.
What is FSA advice
Unless you are pregnant or thinking of having a baby, you should be able to get all the folate you need by eating a varied and balanced diet.