Vitamin B9 or folic acid, along with vitamin B12 is necessary for the formation of red blood cells. It is essential for the growth and division of all body cells for healing processes. It aids protein metabolism and helps prevent premature greying.
Valuable sources of this vitamin are deep green leafy vegetables such as spinach, lettuce, brewer’s yeast, mushrooms, nuts, peanuts and liver. A deficiency can result in certain types of anaemia, serious skin disorders, loss of hair, impaired circulation, fatigue and mental depression.
The minimum daily requirement of this vitamin is 0.4 milligram to correct anaemia and deficiency is 5 milligram or more are needed daily. Some authorities believed that folic acid is contraindicated in leukaemia and cancer.