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Folic Acid

Also Known As : Folacin, Folate, Pteroylglutamic acid, Vitamin B9

Vegetarian

Usage Tips

  1. Folic acid is used in foods like leafy green vegetables, fruits, dried beans, peas, and nuts, enriched breads and cereals.

Description

Folic acid is a crystalline vitamin belonging to the B vitamins group,which is required for normal production of red blood cells and is used especially in the treatment of nutritional anemia. It occurs mainly in green leafy vegetables, dried beans, and mushrooms. It is water soluble.

Health benefits

  • Folic acid helps the body to produce and maintain new cells, and it also helps to prevent changes to DNA that may lead to cancer.(1)
  • It is sometimes used in combination with other medications to treat pernicious, aplastic, or normocytic anemia.(1)
  • It helps in prevention of neural tube defects.(2)
  • It also helps to reduce the levels of homocysteine.(2)

Note

Excess consumption of folic acid might cause abdominal cramps, diarrhea, rash, sleep disorders, irritability, confusion, nausea, stomach upset, skin reactions, seizures and gas.(3)

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