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Low Levels of Folate Linked to Depression

Here's another friendly reminded to get make sure you're getting enough folic acid.

Researchers at the University of York and Hull York Medical School have confirmed that that while low folate does not cause depression, the two are linked.

The reason behind it is that folate is linked to the production of some of the "feel good" chemicals in the brain, such as serotonin, and some people with depression commonly have a gene that processes folate less efficiently.

The current RDA for folate is 400 micrograms in women (and men) 19 and older, though its higher for those pregnant and breastfeeding. Foods high in folic acid: Leafy vegetables such as spinach and turnip greens, dried beans and peas, fortified cereal products, sunflower seeds and certain other fruits and vegetables are rich sources of folate, as well as liver.


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KatyinPrada KatyinPrada 9 years
All women should take folic acid everyday, babies born with neural tube defects were linked with moms who had low folic acid intake. The nervous system develops within the first few weeks of life(aka before you know your pregnant) so its important to always take folic acid just in case :)
lintacious lintacious 9 years
yeah, right
Fitness Fitness 9 years
I just looked it up and it looks like one cup of romaine lettuce has about 75 micrograms. You can find more info on romain lettuce here.
sweet_potato sweet_potato 9 years
Does anyone know how much folate is in 1 cup of romaine lettuce?
Chaoticfury Chaoticfury 9 years
I need more encouragement to go buy more spinach. Thanks!!
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