This one is important for soon to be or expecting moms. Vitamin B9, otherwise known as folate is common to see deficiencies in, even in the US. So if you are planning on making a jr. soon, make sure you read up on your folate! Now you might recognize this word sounds familiar. The synthetic version of folate, known as folic acid, is in many foods. However I would prefer if you went for natural and nonsynthetic sources of this vitamin.
Folate helps with the metabolism of nucleic and amino acids. B9 does this by working as a coenzyme! (Remember from B1?) Folate also helps break down and use the vitamins B12 and vitamin C. (How helpful?!!?) B9 also helps with forming new proteins, fetal development, and red blood cell formation. So to quote Brian Regan, “How do I get that goodness in me?”. Well you can get it from eating;
- leafy greens
- broccoli and,
- chicken liver
If you are not getting enough you can suffer from anemia, low white blood cells and platelets, weakness, weight loss (the bad kind), cracking and reddening of the tongue, diarrhea, and low birth weight if the mother was low on folate. This is one that I would say is safer to try and get more of that less of for sure!