What is the function of vitamin B9? Vitamin B9 supports the production of red blood cells and helps prevent anemia and associated symptoms such as paleness, muscle weakness, breathlessness and fatigue. Moreover, it prevents the accumulation of homocysteine in the blood which holds benefits for cardiovascular health, contributing to lower risks of endothelial damage and cardiovascular events such as stroke. Vitamin B9 further helps synthesize DNA and RNA, supports the production of new skin cells and ensures the proper functioning of the nervous system. It also reduces osteoporosis risks and helps prevent bone fractures associated with the condition, as well as holds benefits for the prevention of cognitive decline and associated conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease. Vitamin B9 Reduces homocysteine levels in the blood for a lower overall risk of cardiovascular disease and is essential for both male and female fertility. In addition to improving conception chances, a sufficient intake of vitamin B9 during pregnancy greatly reduces the chances of neural tube defects of the brain, spine and spinal cord in babies. In pregnant women, the vitamin helps improve energy levels and prevents anemia.
Vitamin B9 deficiency symptoms: anemia and associated symptoms such as irritability, mental fatigue (meaning one is easily distracted or lethargic), forgetfulness, confusion, apathy, depression, insomnia, muscle weakness and physical fatigue (related to muscle function), gingivitis and periodontal disease, tongue inflammation, canker sores or mouth sores, low fertility in both men and women, neural tube defects in newborns, preterm labor, low birth weight, increased risks of cardiovascular disease and cardiovascular events such as stroke, diarrhea, loss of appetite, weight loss, impaired growth, deterioration of nervous system function and associated cognitive decline.
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