“The longer the condition goes untreated, the higher the chance of permanent damage.”
What causes a folate deficiency?
As folate dissolves in water, the body is unable to store the nutrient for a long time.
The body’s store of folate usually lasts for around four months, meaning you need sufficient folate in your daily diet to not become deficient in vitamin B9.
Good sources of folate include: broccoli, Brussels sprouts, asparagus, peas, chickpeas and brown rice.