These 10 Foods High in Folic Acid Will Make All the Difference

It's hard to always rely on multivitamins to give us the nutrients we need—if we're being honest, sometimes we forget to take them—which is why we should, in reality, be aiming for a diet that fulfills our nutritional needs in and of itself. Yes, it may be a lofty goal, but it's definitely possible if you plan what you're eating. We've already mentioned that foods high in potassium aid in bone health and muscular function while foods packed with vitamin D fight fatigue and mood fluctuations. However, we never got to folate. But it's never too late.

Folate, also known as folic acid and vitamin B9, has actually been called one of the most underappreciated micronutrients out there. (FYI: Folate is the natural form while folic acid is synthetic and used in supplements and processed foods.) It's also crucial for the growth of the brain and spine in a fetus, which occurs during the first few weeks of pregnancy, so anyone looking to become pregnant should take special note.

"Folate is also associated with improved cognitive function and protection against depression and Alzheimer's disease," says Josh Axe, DNM, DC, CNS. On top of that, it can strengthen bones, lessen symptoms of restless leg syndrome, and keep your nervous system healthy. Basically, you want to get the right amount of this micronutrient in your diet. To get you on the right track, keep reading to see the top foods high in folic acid below.

Ed. note: Be sure to consult your doctor to determine whether increased folic acid intake is right for you.