vitamin B9

This essential vitamin is vital for our brain health, nervous system and red blood cell production

Vitamin B9 is an essential B complex vitamin that naturally occurs as folate. The synthetic form of this, found in supplements and fortified foods is known as folic acid.


What is it important for?

Brain and nervous system support

The production of chemical messages in the brain

Wide-ranging cardiovascular support

Red blood cell production

DNA repair

The prevention of neural tube defects in newborns


Helping with mood disorders such as depression

Helping to prevent fatigue and memory loss

The conversion of carbohydrates in to fuel


Did you know…...?

Conditions including Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and celiac disease can cause B9 deficiency and some medications can reduce the levels of B9 absorption in the body.


So how can we include it in our daily diet?

Dark leafy green vegetables; spinach, kale, broccoli, bok choi, parsley

Other vegetables and fruit; cauliflower, asparagus, brussel sprouts, peas, papaya

Beans and pulses; lentils, mung, lima, kidney , navy , chickpeas and soy beans

Wholegrains; barley


An easy vitamin B9 rich recipe idea...............

Irresistible B9 rich bean soup
Heat a pan and add some coconut oil or butter
Add one chopped onion, 2 sliced celery stalks, 1 clove of crushed garlic and 2 sliced  carrots to the pan and sauté gently until the onions have become transparent
Add 1 cup of pre-soaked navy (haricot) beans and stir in 1 litre of vegetable stock a tablespoon of tomato paste,  a few handfuls of fresh chopped parsley , and season
Cover and simmer for approx 1 ½ hours
Serve as is or blend in a food processor; then top each bowl with another handful of chopped parsley

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