Folic Acid in Herbalife NiteworksFolate and folic acid are forms of a B vitamin best known for its use during pregnancy. The nutrient helps support the health of an unborn baby’s brain and spine, making it especially important in those earliest stages of life. But there is a wider benefit to folic acid, and everyone—men, women and children—should make sure they’re getting enough.

Folate is found naturally in certain foods, while folic acid is the man-made form added to fortified foods and supplements. The nutrient helps the body make new cells, DNA and other genetic material. Clearly, those are important processes in the body!

Another little-known benefit of the B vitamin is its role in Nitric Oxide (NO) production. Among other crucial functions, NO helps support healthy blood pressure levels while keeping the arteries youthful and elastic. Folate’s role in the process is complicated, but let me simplify it: basically, folate is a cofactor in the conversion of arginine to NO. That means healthy folate levels support healthy NO levels. Folate and other B vitamins may also support healthy homocysteine levels already within normal range.

That’s why we included 100 percent of the recommended daily value in Herbalife Niteworks®. Since we know it’s integral to NO production, we wanted to make sure it was readily available to support the process.

Up Your Folate Intake

If you’re looking to up your intake of folate, try these food sources:

  • Leafy greens, such as spinach, kale and broccoli
  • Fruits, including mangos and oranges
  • Dried peas, beans and nuts
  • Enriched breads, cereals and other grain products

If you struggle to get enough folate through food alone, a supplement can be a great option. My go-to choice is Niteworks®, which I take every evening before bed to support NO production at night, when NO levels are at their lowest.

The National Institutes of Health recommend 400 micrograms (mcg) of folate daily for people ages 14 to 70 and older. Pregnant women should take 500 mcg daily. Are you getting enough? If not, I recommend making folate a key focus for the health of your heart and entire body.

How do you make sure you’re getting plenty of folate?