According to the U.S. National Institute of Health, adults should consume 400 micrograms of folic acid per day.
Folic acid has been very popular over the past 10 years, specifically for the prevention of fetal neural tube defects. Several countries, including Canada, have begun fortifying certain foods with folic acid (flour, cornmeal, pasta). It is now routinely recommended that women take folic acid supplements prior to conception and during pregnancy.
With this fortification and supplementation, some people may be exposed to high levels of folic acid, in addition to its natural presence in foods.
Here Are 7 Symptoms Indicating That Your Body Needs More Folic Acid
7. Cognitive Issues
Your central nervous system needs folic acid to function properly. A lack of folic acid can lead to irritability, memory loss, depression and difficulty concentrating.
Over time, a lack of folic acid can contribute to the likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.