Folic acid (folate) is integral to the healthy functioning of everybody, especially women during pregnancy, babies and young children.
However, Folic acid is vital to everybody due to its role in the production of red blood cells, and the prevention of anaemia. Folic acid significantly increases your capacity to deliver oxygen to your muscles during training, it also replenishes rapidly regenerating tissue such as intestinal mucosa, preserving bowel health, and plays a key role in controlling mood and anxiety.
Folic acid levels should be above 150,000 ng/ml2 (150 micrograms) indicating healthy stores (Department of Health, 2008).
Deficiency results in anaemia, severely implicating your health and training. Not only this, the brains serotonin stores decrease significantly, contributing to reduced mood and potentially, clinical depression!
To increase your Folic acid intake try consuming more dark leafy vegetables such as spinach, asparagus, citrus fruits, avocado, seeds and nuts. If this is impractical for you, many foods such as cereals and breads are fortified (enriched) with folic acid. Also try one of our multi-vitamins and minerals to help meet your requirements