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folic acid dangerous

Our health is important, and that is a position that we can all support. But sometimes we do too much to stay healthy. We take supplements and take nutrients with extra vitamins and minerals. This sometimes causes a surplus of certain vitamins and minerals to enter our bodies. In this way, too much folic acid can get into your body. When is the amount of folic acid too high? What is the correct value of folic acid?

What is folic acid anyway?

Folic acid is a water-soluble vitamin also known as vitamin B11. What does folic acid do? The substance contributes to the production of white and red blood cells. Furthermore, the substance is involved in the development of the spinal cord and the brain and the formation of RNA and DNA. It is therefore important for the unborn child at a very early stage.

How much per day is needed?

What should the folic acid value be? Every body is different, but there is a recommended daily intake of vitamins. This is based on the averages. The recommended daily intake for folic acid in the EU is 200 µg. Many Dutch people do not meet the standard and in the Netherlands it is a bit higher, namely 300 µg. Pregnant women need even more, namely 400 µg. This also applies to breastfeeding.

Is an excess of folic acid dangerous?

Did you know that the maximum amount of folic acid for adults is set at no less than 1000 µg? It therefore seems that too much folic acid is not dangerous. Even with a normal diet in which a lot of extra folic acid is used, this number is usually not achieved. But is it as harmless as it seems? There is a difference between folic acid from your diet and folic acid from supplements.

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Nutrition or supplements?

When you actually only take the substance out of your diet, there is no mention of negative effects. In that case you would say that an upper limit is not even necessary. However, negative effects have been observed with supplements.

What are the side effects of too much folic acid?

If the folic acid level is too high due to supplementation, then you have to be careful. If you suffer from a B12 deficiency, it is less easy to detect it. This is due to the substance folic acid contained in the supplements. Side effects of too much folic acid are not known. If your folic acid is too high due to diet, you don’t have to worry about this. When taking supplements, you will have to deal with the aforementioned substance folic acid, with which you have to be careful. It is important to always consult your doctor before taking these tablets.


Good Health

Coffee. We drink it quite a bit. We have a nice time on the couch with our family, a cup to wake up or a drink after the meal. There is a lot of ‘bakkies fuck’ going through on a normal weekday!

Almost every house has a coffee maker. It is in the Dutch household one of the central kitchen accessories in the house. Fortunately, there is nothing wrong with a cup of coffee in its time. A healthy adult can even benefit from drinking about 4 cups of coffee a day – be careful not to drink too much coffee.

If there is too much coffee

Too much coffee can lead to varying symptoms. Some people can get headaches while others get very dizzy. Listen carefully to your body to know when you’ve just had a cup of coffee too much. Common symptoms are restlessness, anxiety, headaches, trembling, irritability, whispering ears, palpitations and dizziness. Do you have a hard time sleeping? Then try to drink less coffee for a week, perhaps this will make it easy for you to fall asleep.


Caffeine and theine

There are many fables about coffee. For example, the caffeine in coffee is said to be a different product than the caffeine in tea, called theine. But actually there is no difference between them at all. The caffeine in both coffee and tea is exactly the same. This caffeine comes from both coffee beans and tea leaves. But cocoa beans, guarana berries and cola nuts also contain caffeine.


Another fable is the story that coffee would drift away. Fortunately this is not the case. The fluid intake when drinking drinks with caffeine is exactly the same as when you take a glass of water. The body does not lose any extra fluid by drinking coffee, for example, and drinking tea does not result in a higher fluid intake either. Caffeine stimulates the kidneys, so this only ensures that the absorbed fluid leaves the body faster. Do you pee a lot? Try drinking less coffee!

High blood pressure

Caffeine can increase blood pressure acutely, but it cannot cause long-term increases. Drinking about 4 cups of coffee a day can even be healthy for the heart and blood vessels in the long run.

Lose weight

Some swear by drinking lots of coffee to lose weight faster. Unfortunately it is not that easy. Caffeine has no proven effect on fat burning and energy consumption. This means that you don’t lose weight directly by drinking coffee – exercise and a healthy and balanced diet, on the other hand, will help!