Folic acid is important for the conversion of the amino acid methionine to cysteine. If this vitamin is deficient, or if a defect exists in the enzymes responsible for this conversion, there will be increased levels of homocysteine, which is an amino acid by-product that builds up in the body, damaging the lining of the blood vessel and harming the cardiovascular system.
By regulating the body’s production and use of this harmful compound, folic acid can prevent this build-up from occurring. Folic acid also helps prevent neural tube defects when taken prenatally and and during early pregnancy.
Serving Size: 1 tablet
Quantity: 200 tablets
Folate (Folic acid) 400 mcg/0.4 mg.
Excipients: Cellulose, Dicalcium Phosphate, Modified Cellulose Gum, Vegetable Magnesium Stearate, Silica.
Drug Interactions: Anti-psoriatic drugs may interfere with therapy for individuals with cancer.
Nutrient Depletions: The following drugs may deplete folic acid: Anti-acne drugs, HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors/anti-cholesterol drugs, anti-gout drugs, antipyretic drugs, antituberculosis drugs, anti-ulcer drugs, biguanides (oral antidiabetic drugs), bowel anti-inflammatory drugs, disease-modifying antiheumatic drugs (DMARDs – for individuals with rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis), oral contraceptives, salicylates, sulfonamides (anti-infectives) and tetracyclines (anti-infectives).
Supportive Interactions: Take folic acid with Vitamin B12 to prevent megaloblastic anemia. Folic acid is supportive for individuals taking antidepresssant drugs, anti-psoriatic drugs (for people with rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis) and oral contraceptives.
Warnings and Precautions: Folic acid therapy can mask a Vitamin B12 deficiency. Consult a health care practitioner for your Vitamin B12 needs.
Toxicity, Adverse Reactions and Side Effects: None known when taken as directed.
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