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Folic acid

How does eating spinach help to combat tiredness? The answer lies in folic acid.
Sophie Medlin
Head of Nutritional Research
October 31, 2019
2 min read

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.


Evidence

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

  • Bailey, L. B., Stover, P. J., McNulty, H., Fenech, M. F., Gregory III, J. F., Mills, J. L., ... & Molloy, A. M. (2015). Biomarkers of nutrition for development—folate review. The Journal of nutrition, 145(7), 1636S-1680S.
  • Chinthapalli, K. (2014). Alzheimer’s disease: still a perplexing problem. Bmj, 349.
  • Wilson, R. D., Audibert, F., Brock, J. A., Carroll, J., Cartier, L., Gagnon, A., ... & Pastuck, M. (2015). Pre-conception folic acid and multivitamin supplementation for the primary and secondary prevention of neural tube defects and other folic acid-sensitive congenital anomalies. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada, 37(6), 534-549.

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This product is not designed to replace a varied and balanced diet. Do not exceed stated dose. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding or taking any medication, please consult your doctor before use. Do not use it if the sachet has been opened. Store in a cool, dry place. Keep out of reach of children.