Folic acid is a type of B vitamin that is also called synthetic form of folate. It’s not found naturally in food but often added to processed foods and used in multivitamin-mineral supplements. However, folic acid must be converted into active vitamin B9, known as 5-MTHF, before it is consumed by the body. Synthetic folic acid is not a required nutrient, the average adult needs 400 mcg of dietary folate equivalents per day, while pregnant women require 600 mcg per day.
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