In this episode of Authentic Self Wellness Radio, you will learn all about folate and folic acid (also known as vitamin B9). Discover why our bodies need this vitamin and ways that we can include it in our diet. Enjoy!
It’s important to include folate-rich foods in our daily diet for a variety of reasons. First of all, folate is important for supporting healthy cells, especially our skin cells. It also helps to prevent anemia and supports red blood cell production. If you are feeling depressed, irritable, suffer from insomnia, and experience general or muscular fatigue, it could be a sign that you need to eat more foods with folate. Try including romaine lettuce, spinach, collard greens, lentils, beets, papaya, black beans, and celery in your daily meals. You can also get folate from winter squash, green peas, garbanzo beans, and broccoli.
Widely used in South Africa, kidney beans are loaded with nutrients including protein, fiber, and iron. Kidney beans are also a good source of manganese and potassium. Studies have shown that kidney beans aid in keeping our blood pressure low and help to promote good digestion. They have also be shown to be essential for the production of antibodies and white blood cells, helping us fight off illnesses. The folate found in kidney beans is important for promoting good reproductive health and encourages faster wound healing. Eat some kidney beans today…just make sure that they are cooked or canned as raw kidney beans are toxic!