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Science-Based Health Benefits of Folic Acid (Folate)

Science-Based Health Benefits of Folic Acid (Folate)

Folic acid, also known as folate and vitamin B9, is a B vitamin that plays a critical role in metabolism and energy production.

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1. Mood and Depression

Folate is used in the synthesis of the neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin. Low levels of these neurotransmitters may be a risk factor for depression.1

A 2017 meta-analysis of several studies found that depressed patients have lower blood levels of folate than people who are not depressed.2

In a randomized and placebo controlled trial involving 127 participants with major depression, researchers found folic acid supplementation greatly improves the antidepressant action of the antidepressant called fluoxetine.3

Researchers in another study state that depressed individuals with low folate levels don’t respond well to SSRI antidepressants and that folate supplementation can result in a better response to antidepressants.4

Folic acid may help improve mood and reduce depression.

2. Helps Lower Homocysteine

High levels of homocysteine are linked with a variety of health issues including dementia, heart disease and atherosclerosis.5,6,7,8

Folic acid has been shown to help lower homocysteine levels.6

Folic acid may help lower homocysteine levels and reduce the risk of heart disease and cognitive decline.


Folic acid is an important vitamin that may help improve mood and lower homocysteine levels.*

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