According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 3,000 pregnancies in the United States are affected by neural tube defects every year. These are birth defects of the brain, spine, or spinal cord. Increasing folic acid intake among women of childbearing age can help prevent 150,000-210,000 of the more than 300,000 neural tube defects that occur each year.
Aside from the benefits of folic acid to pregnant women, CDC also urges all women of reproductive age to take folic acid every day. First of all, what is folic acid? How does it affect women’s hormones? Let’s see how folic acid works.
What is Folic Acid?
As the natural form of vitamin B9, folate or folic acid is an essential vitamin that plays a significant role in forming DNA and RNA and is involved in protein metabolism. It is also in charge of breaking down homocysteine which is an amino acid that can exert dangerous effects in the body if it is existent in high amounts. Pregnant women need this vitamin because it can also assist in the production of healthy red blood cells and during periods of rapid growth, especially in fetal development.
Folic acid is also found in certain foods such as asparagus, avocado, banana, boiled spinach, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, beef liver, cantaloupe, canned tomato juice, dry-roasted peanuts, fresh orange, green peas, kidney beans, grapefruit, hard-boiled egg, lettuce, papaya, sunflower seeds, seafood, and many other foods.
Does folic acid have side effects on women’s hormones?
Some people want to know if folic acid contains side effects on women’s hormones. Research studies have shown that the total folate intake (in dietary equivalents) was not significantly connected with reproductive hormone levels or anovulation, higher intake of dietary synthetic folate was significantly connected with higher luteal progesterone levels and decreased odds of anovulation.
Other studies suggest the useful application of folic acid in strengthening women’s hormones. This means folic acid does not have any side effects on the female hormones because it is widely used in treating various female reproductive health issues like polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), hormonal imbalance, and many others.
Benefits of Folic Acid on Women’s Health
Many health experts and medical professionals as well as national health services recommend every woman who could get pregnant get 400 micrograms (400 mcg) of folic acid every day. If you are planning to get pregnant or if you are currently pregnant, it is important that you take folic acid in order to prevent the occurrence of neural tube defects in your baby. For example, clinical reports show that women who consume folic acid supplements were 63% less likely to experience preeclampsia than women not taking folic acid supplements.
Aside from preventing reproductive issues, lactating women may also benefit from folic acid supplementation as they maintain their adequate folate status during lactation and lower homocysteine concentration in their bodies. Taking folic acid supplements can be helpful in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases and other risks.
Components of BELTA Folic Acid and Their Effects
Our BELTA Folic Acid is a 100% yeast-derived folic acid supplement as it contains 400 mcg of folic acid, 27 types of vitamins and minerals, 20mg iron, 250mg calcium, and other natural beauty components such as swallow’s nest, hyaluronic acid, collagen, black vinegar moromi, and salmon calcium. It is also made up of 23 kinds of vegetables like barley, kale, broccoli, cabbage, radish leaves, pumpkin, sweet potato, bok choy, parsley, carrot, celery, and many other vegetable components.
Here are some of the major components of this product and their effects:
- Black vinegar (moromi) – The amino acid in this component is in dieting, beautification, and muscle strengthening. It also has citric acid which is also useful in promoting fatigue relief, chelation, and improvement of blood flow.
- Swallow’s nest – It facilitates growth, revitalizes energy, alleviates asthma, aids digestion, accelerates recovery and healing from diseases, and reinforces the human body’s immune system. It also moisturizes the skin and fortifies the nervous system.
- Acerola – Rich in Vitamin C, antioxidants, and other phytonutrients, it is widely used in preventing colds or flu as it fully boosts our immunity.
- Hyaluronic acid – Promotes healthier and glowing skin, speeds up wound healing, relieves joint pain, soothes acid reflux symptoms, and preserves bone strength.
- Fish collagen – Reduces signs of aging such as wrinkles and fine lines, decreases the appearance of cellulite, improves skin hydration, and enhances skin elasticity and firmness.
- Salmon calcium – High content of calcium is vital in building and maintaining bones, keeping the proper function of all our body systems.
Folic acid has a wide array of wonderful benefits in our body as it plays a significant role in forming DNA and RNA, which can also strengthen the ability of women’s hormones especially in having a healthy pregnancy. It also does not have any side effects on women’s hormones. But still, you need to take the proper amount of folic acid and avoid taking it in high amounts as it can have some common side effects such as nausea, loss of appetite, bloating, and/pr in rare cases, skin rash, chest tightness, difficulty in breathing or any other serious allergic reaction (anaphylaxis).
Our BELTA Folic Acid contains the right amount of folic acid and other essential vitamins and nutrients. You only need to take 4 tablets per day, one tablet every after a meal (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) and one before bedtime. Try our product and see the wonderful effects of folic acid on your overall health!