Your body uses folic acid to produce DNA, and to help all of the cells in your body grow and divide. It does this by working with other vitamins, such as C and B-12, to help your body create, break down and use proteins.
Since hair, skin, and nails are among your body’s fastest growing cells, you need folic acid for the health and moisture of these tissues.
Beauty in a Bottle
Taking a daily multi-vitamin with 400-800 mcg of folic acid on a daily basis can give you:
- Shinier, faster growing hair;
- Stronger nails;
- Smoother, healthier skin.
While this will not happen overnight, keep at it for several months and you probably will notice that your hair and nails grow faster and look healthier.
- California Department of Public Health, July 2012: Nutrition and Physical Activity Guidelines for Adolescents, http://www.cdph.ca.gov/HealthInfo/healthyliving/childfamily/Documents/MO-NUPA-FolicAcidandFolate.pdf
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, March 2011: Facts About Folic Acid, http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/folicacid/about.html
Make folic acid part of your daily beauty routine.
Download this “Action Plan for Hair, Skin and Nails” from the California Department of Public Health.
Free Go Folic! Multi-Vitamins
Because folic acid is so important to health, women between the ages of 14-54 who live in San Francisco can get free multi-vitamins with 400 mcg of folic acid from the San Francisco Department of Public Health.