Folic acid is a water soluble B vitamin. Since 1998, it has been added to cold cereals, flour, breads, pasta, bakery items, cookies, and crackers, as required by federal law. Foods that are naturally high in folic acid include leafy vegetables (such as spinach, broccoli, and lettuce), okra, asparagus, fruits (such as bananas, melons, and lemons) beans, yeast, mushrooms, meat (such as beef liver and kidney), orange juice, and tomato juice.
1.Folic acid helps prevent heart disease and stroke by reducing homocysteine in the blood. Homocysteine is an amino acid found in meats that can damage arterial walls and contribute to
development of atherosclerosis, a condition that often leads to early heart attack.
2.Folic acid is also thought to be helpful to improving ulcerative colitis symptoms, and may help prevent cancer of the cervix and the colon. Women that get a lot of folic acid decrease their risk of getting colon cancer by up to 60 percent.
3.Adequate folic acid intake during pregnant helps protect against congenital malformations, including neural tube defects.
4.Folic acid can also help protect the lungs from lung cancer. Increasing folic acid has been shown to reduce the number of abnormal or precancerous bronchial cells in smokers.