Celebrate Folic Acid Awareness Week with vitamin B consumption

Why does folic acid deserve its own awareness week? Because it’s one of the B vitamins that’s crucial for maintaining energy and guarding against stress-related fatigue.

That’s why January 6 to 12, 2013, is Folic Acid Awareness Week, according to the National Council on Folic Acid (NCFA).

Also known as B9, folic acid is an important ingredient among the eight forms of B vitamins found in Vital B-100, which was developed by nutritional expert Dr. Michael Pinkus for Dr. Newton’s Naturals. Coupled with antioxidant help from vitamins C, E and manganese, the capsule delivers 50 percent of the recommended daily value of folic acid as part of a 2,000 calorie diet.

As a key component in developing healthy red blood cells and overall cell reproduction, folic acid is also credited with bolstering brain and nervous system function, according to Elson Haas, M.D., who wrote the book, “Staying Healthy With Nutrition.”

According to the NCFA, all enriched cereals and grain products in the U.S. include folic acid, but only about one-third of American women of child-bearing age consume the recommended dosage. Folic acid is believed to play a role in the prevention of birth defects, the council reported. If taken before and during the early stages of pregnancy, vitamin B may prevent as much as 70 percent of some brain and spine birth defects.

Along with a healthy diet, taking a multivitamin that includes folic acid ensures individuals will receive the 400 micrograms (mcg) that’s advised daily.

Forms of vitamin B like folic acid are one of nature’s best building blocks. They help metabolize fats and proteins, strengthen immunity to illness, enhance cardiovascular health and liver function and help maintain healthy cholesterol levels.

For those who want to enjoy overall wellness, dietary supplements from Dr. Newton’s Naturals featuring folic acid and other forms of vitamin B can be an excellent choice.