Top 5 health benefits of folic acid (Vitamin B Complex)

By Shruti Saxena | Updated: Jan 25, 2014, 10:35 AM IST
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Folic acid is basically a member of the Vitamin B family. It has immense health benefits and plays a vital role in DNA synthesis, repairing of skin cells, maintaining healthy skin and memory and what not.

Folic acid is found majorly in green vegetables, fruits and peas. Apart from this, one can also go for folic acid supplements which are inexpensive and easily available in market.


Here are a few health benefits as to why consuming folic acid (folate) or Vitamin B Complex is important for you:

  • Folic acid supplements during early pregnancy could reduce the risk of having a child with autism.

  • Folic acid supplements lower the risk of heart strokes to a considerable extent.

  • It helps in the production of red blood cells and thus prevent us from cancer.

  • Studies suggest that folic acid deficiency can lead to depression and dementia eventually.

  • Studies suggest that beginning folic acid supplementation before conception greatly reduces the risk of birth defects during pregnancy.

    Caution: It is important to note that overdose of folic acid can lead to side effects and may even cause breast cancer. So it is advisable to limit one's intake as suggested by the doctor.