I eat a cup of greens every day. Why? Because green, leafy vegetables are the best source of folate, a B-vitamin your body needs for “methylation,” an important chemical reaction necessary for making new DNA, proteins, and brain chemicals that affect your mood. ⠀
Most people get their folate from folic acid, a synthetic form added to fortified foods, like cereals or flour and that’s not the form your body likes. Your body needs to convert folic acid to folate and not everyone can easily do that. Folks that can’t make this conversion as easily won’t get the same benefits. PLUS, unconverted folic acid can build up. So, the best way to get your folate is in its natural form, by eating greens. ⠀
One tip: Don’t overcook your greens. Folate is unstable when you heat it and you’ll lose the benefits. Very lightly steam greens or enjoy them raw in a smoothie or salad. I steam mine in a pressure cooker for 4 minutes using a minimum of water or saute them. But, in this case, I made a spinach salad. The avocado helps with absorption of beta-carotene from the spinach.