Folic Acid Deficiency: Here Are 4 Signs And Symptoms

Weight loss and loss of appetite can occur due to folic acid deficiency. Some of the additional signs are sore tongue, weakness, heart palpitations, headaches, behavioural disorders and irritability.

Tavishi Dogra
Written by: Tavishi DograPublished at: Nov 15, 2019Updated at: Nov 15, 2019
Folic Acid Deficiency: Here Are 4 Signs And Symptoms

The body needs several nutrients to live a healthy life. However, often, people forget about some essential nutrients due to a busy schedule or lack of information. Hence, the result of the lack of nutrients is visible on the body. One of such crucial nutrients is folic acid, which is also known as Vitamin B9 and folate. It is one of the several essential vitamins to copy and synthesize DNA, build new cells, and promote nerve and immune functions.

Folic acid is a water-soluble vitamin B, and it comes naturally from food (folic acid is a synthetic form of this vitamin). Folate contains natural foods such as leafy vegetables such as spinach, broccoli and lettuce, okra, asparagus. And fruits, such as banana, watermelon, and lemon beans, yeast, mushrooms, meat, orange juice and tomato juice.

Folic acid is used in the following problems:

Pregnant women or women who are trying to conceive take folic acid to prevent miscarriage and "neural tube deficiency". Congenital disabilities may also occur due to folate deficiency such as 'spina bifida'. Folic acid is also suitable for diabetes, heart disease, dementia, and many other conditions, including nerve pain.

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Folic acid deficiency symptoms


Breathing problem

When the level of oxygen in the body is low, you face shortness of breath. It also indicates that your body is deficient in red blood cells (and a deficiency of folic acid causes all this). If you see symptoms like a decrease in heart rate and shortness of breath, then it can be a sign of deficiency of folic acid.

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Pale skin

Originally, haemoglobin is a protein present in red blood cells which is responsible for transporting oxygen from your lungs to all the tissues of your body. Lack of folic acid (or lack of red blood cells) makes your skin look younger.

Hair fall


Folic acid helps in hair growth and is essential for hair. Folic deficiency means that cells lack the necessary nutrition for hair growth, which leads to hair loss. In some cases, this even leads to grey hair.



Folic acid is an auxiliary digestive agent that helps to stimulate the production of stomach acids and ensure proper digestion. Its deficiency causes constipation, stomach cramps, nausea and diarrhoea.

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