What happens if your body lacks folate? The National Institutes of Health in the US says it’s important to consume 400 mcg of folic acid every day. This vitamin is crucial for our health as it helps our body make and repair DNA and produce red blood cells. With folate deficiency, you may develop anemia, a condition in which your internal organs can’t get enough oxygen to work properly. Here are 8 common signs that your body needs more folic acid.
Mood and cognitive problems 1:49
Body pains 2:21
Pale skin 3:05
Shortness of breath 3:44
Digestive problems 4:10
Mouth sores and a swollen tongue 4 :45
Reduced sense of taste 5:15
Birth defects 5:50
What can cause a folic acid deficiency 6:55
How to resolve folate deficiency 7:36
– If your body lacks this vitamin, you might struggle with depression, have trouble concentrating, and feel forgetful and irritable.
– In severe cases of anemia caused by folate deficiency, your brain gets less oxygen than is ideal. In response, your brain’s arteries start swelling, and you get a headache.
– Hemoglobin, a protein contained in red blood cells, is responsible for transporting oxygen from your lungs to all your body tissues. When your body lacks folate, you don’t have enough red blood cells (and, therefore, hemoglobin) to provide your internal organs with the necessary amount of oxygen.
– If you notice that you’re out of breath when doing things you’d normally handle without any issues, this means that your oxygen levels are low because your body lacks red blood cells.
– Such gastrointestinal symptoms as nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, and diarrhea after meals may be the first signs that your body lacks folic acid.
– Mouth sores and a swollen tongue usually occur when the lack of folate is quite severe, so you shouldn’t neglect them.
– A deficiency in folic acid may result in trouble tasting food. This happens because your taste receptors, called papillae, can’t send messages to your brain via your nervous system owing to the existing tongue problems.
– Pregnant women or women who are planning to get pregnant should take a daily dose of folic acid. If this warning is not taken seriously, neural tube defects or NTDs (birth defects of the brain and spinal cord) may happen to an unborn child while it’s developing inside the mother’s womb.
– The easiest way to resolve folate deficiency is through your diet. To keep an adequate folic status, you should eat more dark green vegetables like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, spinach, and asparagus. As for other foods, it’s better to consume citrus fruits, avocado, beef liver, beans, mushrooms, and whole grains on a regular basis.
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