VITAMIN B9

DESCRIPTION 

Vitamin B9, or folates, is a water-soluble vitamin sometimes called vitamin m or even folic acid. It's about a substance synthesized by plants and microorganisms but very little by the man who must therefore consume it daily through food.

 

ROLE:

It takes part in numerous reactions within the organism in particular in the functioning of the nervous system by participating in the synthesis of certain neurotransmitters, such as serotonin or acetylcholine. It also contributes to normal functioning of the immune system and the formation of red blood cells (in synergy with vitamin B12 and iron).

It is also important in cell replication, hence its importance during periods of growth such as childhood, adolescence or pregnancy.

Along with vitamins B6 and B12, it helps prevent the formation of homocysteine ​​(sulfur amino acid) in the blood, the high concentration of which is toxic.

 

SOURCES:

Vitamin B9 is found mainly in plant leaves. Thus, the main sources are green vegetables but it is also found in legumes, soybeans, organ meats, liver, oilseeds, kiwis, etc.

 

ANECDOTE: 

Its name "folate" comes from Latin folium, which means "leaves" because it is mainly found in the leaves of plants.

 

COMPLEMENTARY POINT

It is almost systematically prescribed in case of pregnancy or desire for pregnancy to prevent neural tube defects in the fetus.

 

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