Folic acid is one of the most common vitamin deficiencies .Folic acid deficiency harms DNA metabolism which causes the abnormal development of cells with the highest rate of turnover (i.e., red blood cells, white blood cells & epithelial cells of the stomach, intestines, vagina & uterine cervix). It is easily destroyed by heat, light, & oxygen. Significant losses occur in cooking and storage. Symptoms of folic acid deficiency include headaches, diarrhea, hair loss, insomnia, fatigue, nausea, increased infection, anemia, birth defects, and cervical dysplasia.
Cervical dysplasia is a term that refers to the development of abnormal cells in the uterus. It is a precancerous condition that is usually discovered when a woman has her annual PAP exam.This condition may contribute to an increased number of hysterectomies. Over 800,000 women have hysterectomies every year in the United States. Some professionals believe that the folic acid depletion caused by oral contraceptives is linked to this high incidence of cervical dysplasia and hysterectomies.
Elevated homocysteine is now recognized as one of the most critical independent risk factors to cardiovascular disease. Folic acid is one of the nutrients that are required to break down homocysteine so that it does not build up in the blood & begin to damage the lining of the blood vessels.
Dietary sources of folic acid (folate):
Dark green leafy vegetables, liver, organic eggs, brewer’s yeast, baker’s yeast, fresh orange juice, cantaloupe, beets, brussels sprouts, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kidney beans, lima beans, & wheat germ.