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Does Folic Acid Increase Fertility?

Folate is a B-complex vitamin, to be precise folic acid is also known as vitamin B9. Folic acid plays a vital role in preventing birth defects, preterm deliveries, and many other health issues. The National Institute of Health recommends about 400 micrograms of folate in the diet of an adult. It is a lesser known fact that folic acid may help boost the chances of fertility. Women who are trying to conceive should consume folic acid at a quantity twice and or more than the usual one.

Vitamin B9(Folic Acid):

Folate is required for preventing a wide range of health issues, like diarrhea, anemia, ulcers, cancers, neurological, heart diseases, and neuropsychological disorders. It also prevents birth preterm deliveries and congenital disabilities. Folic acid is essential for the growth of infants as it works in conjunction with other essential minerals and vitamins.

In many studies, the link between folic acid and fertility is questioned. Some recently published studies reported that folic acid boosts fertility. It is not guaranteed to help women at high doses.

A higher dose of folic acid does not guarantee improving fertility in women. Interestingly, some studies feature that higher levels of pregnancy will be achieved with high doses of vitamin B9. Daily recommended a dose of folic acid is between 400 to 600 mcg/day in adult men and women. Folic acid boosts the sperm count of men and promotes fertility. If you have trouble conceiving, you should talk to your doctor before starting folic acid supplements.

Diet with Folic Acid:

For both men and women, folic acid is considered an essential vitamin. It is present in many natural foods and supplements. Fruits and vegetables are the naturally-occurring foods with folic acid. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, folate can be found in fruits, like Avacado, banana, citrus fruits and papaya. Vitam B9 can also be found in vegetables, like broccoli, brussels sprouts, asparagus, and many other leafy vegetables. Since 1988, U.S. Food and drug administration has been recommending folic acid to be added in cereal and grains, such as pasta, rice, breakfast cereals, and bread.

As mentioned before folic acid is also available in many supplements. The significant difference between folic acid and folate is, folate is the naturally occurring version of B9 vitamin whereas folic acid is the form present in a supplement. Folic acid is 50 to 60 percent beneficial than the naturally-occurring folate. In other terms, 1.0 mcg folate is equivalent to 0.5 or 0.6 micrograms in folic acid.

Every adult should consume around 400 micrograms folate in the diet; this value may increase if the consumption of folic acid is from supplements. In women who are pregnant or lactating, the dose is at least 500 to 600 micrograms in a day.

The doctors of Oasis can advise you properly about your daily requirement of vitamins and other nutrients which can boost your fertility.

Categories: Infertility Awareness

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