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Viridian Organic Folic Acid 400ug 60caps

An Organic Folic acid made with an extract of lemons standardised to guarentee 400ug of folic acid per capsule.

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60 Caps

R 252.00


Organic Folic Acid Veg Caps

INGREDIENTS: one vegetarian capsule provides:

Organic Lemon Extract (Orgen FA)                                       

providing natural folic acid                                            400ug

In a base of organic alfalfa

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Organic Folic Acid

Around 40% of the population are taking food supplements on a regular basis and half of all households with children give their kids vitamin and mineral supplements. Around 13% of those taking supplements are doing so because their GP recommended it.

Whether you are feeling run down, susceptible to a cold or infection or have a specific health concern, it seems that vitamin and mineral supplements are as popular as ever and many people feel strongly that they need vitamin and mineral supplements daily to stay healthy.

Supermarkets are the most likely place for people to buy their vitamins, but for specialist advice, people generally turn to their GP, a pharmacy or health food store.

At Viridian Nutrition, we believe it is vital to eat healthily and that vitamins and mineral capsules can be added to supplement the diet where appropriate.

Our range of vitamin and mineral supplements are sourced from the best quality international suppliers. Vitamins can be derived from fruits and vegetables or grown on yeast in a specialist process.

Organic Folic Acid Veg Caps from Viridian Nutrition is a simple formulation offering an extract of lemons standardised to guarantee a fixed amount of folic acid in every capsule. 385 lemons are used to produce one kilogram of the lemon extract providing the folic acid.

The lemons are grown on organic farms ensuring that the fruit is uncontaminated with pesticides or other chemical sprays. The organic status is fully certified from the seed to the final ingredient by the Soil Association, the world’s gold standard of organic certification.

The accuracy of the folic acid content is meticulously checked in analytical and microbiological laboratories ensuring its safety and reliability for use in food supplements.

Organic Folic Acid Veg Caps joins the biggest range of organic supplements available from a UK supplier.

The basic mechanism of action underlying folic acid is its role in cellular division and DNA synthesis.

Without folic acid cells do not divide properly.  Folic acid is critical in the nervous system development of the foetus and for healthy red blood cell production. Folate is also required for the regeneration of methionine from homocysteine and plays a key role as a ‘methyl-donor’.

  • NEURAL TUBE PROTECTION – Folic acid supplementation of 400 ugs daily in early pregnancy has been shown to reduce the incidence of neural tube defects by 48% to 80%.  Numerous studies have suggested that it would appear prudent to utilise folic acid pre-conceptually and throughout pregnancy. The Government’s Chief Medical Officer recommends all women to supplement with 400ug daily from 12 weeks prior to conception.

  • CARDIOVASCULAR PROTECTION – Folic acid plays a key role in protecting the cardiovascular system by regulating the body’s concentrations of homocysteine, an intermediate in the conversion of the amino acid methionine to cysteine.  The lower the folic acid intake the higher homocysteine levels rise increasing the risk of atherosclerosis (artery furring).  Homocysteine would appear to promote atherosclerosis by directly damaging the artery and reducing the integrity of the vessel wall.  Elevated levels of homocysteine are found in 20% to 40% of patients with heart disease.


  • DEPRESSION – Folic acid exerts a mild anti-depressant effect and correcting deficiency has brought about dramatic results in mental and psychological symptoms in patients, especially the elderly suffering from impaired mental function.  Its anti-depressant effects are due to its function as a methyl donor and increasing the brain content of serotonin, SAM (S-adenosyl-methionine), and BH4 (tetrahydrobiopterin).  BH4 functions as an essential coenzyme in the activation of enzymes that manufacture monoamine neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine from their corresponding amino acids.  E.g. tryptophan > 5HTP > serotonin.


  • OSTEOPOROSIS – Elevated levels of homocysteine in the blood of postmenopausal women have an adverse effect on collagen cross-linking, leading to defective bone matrix development.  Given that osteoporosis is a condition characterised by both a loss of the protein structure and well as the mineral content of the bone it is likely that the homocysteine theory carries validity.  Folic acid supplementation has been shown to lower homocysteine levels in postmenopausal women even when their folic acid status was within the normal range.

400-800ug daily.  Folic acid is well tolerated and can be used at high doses, however it may cause increased flatulence, nausea and loss of appetite.

Potential applications

The main applications of folic acid are prevention of neural tube defects, atherosclerosis (reduces elevated homocysteine levels), osteoporosis, and cervical dysplasia.  Other applications include depression, anemia, crohn’s disease, fatigue, restless leg syndrome, epilepsy, fatigue, and infertility.

Known Contraindications
High doses of folic acid should be used with caution in epileptics as it may increase the risk of seizures. Those with allergy or intolerance to citrus fruits including lemons should not use, or use with caution.


Folic acid works together with vitamin B12, B12, SAM, and choline.

Various drugs may interfere with the absorption of folic acid, these include oral contraceptives, anti-convulsants, alcohol, various chemotherapy drugs, sulfasalazine, and barbiturates.


Useful Links

Prenatal nutrition – Pregnancy Complex and Pregnancy omega oil

Depression – B complex, EFAs, Rhodiola / St. John’s Wort, zinc complex

Osteoporosis – Calcium/Magnesium and Boron powder, B complex,  EFAs

Cardiovascular health – Flax seed oil, grape seed/pycnogenol, hawthorn berry, multi-vitamin/mineral, 

Daly LE, Kirke PN, Molloy A, et al. Folate levels and neural tube defects. JAMA 1995;274:1698–702.

Ubbink JB, Vermaak WJH, van der Merwe A, Becker PJ. Vitamin B12, vitamin B6, and folate nutritional status in men with hyperhomocysteinemia. Am J Clin Nutr 1993;57:47–53.MRC Vitamin Study Research Group. Prevention of neural tube defects: results of the Medical Research Council Vitamin Study. Lancet 1991;338(8760):131–7.