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Folic Acid

Alternate Names

Vitamin B9, Folate

Description

A nutrient that is required for the formation of cells in the body. It is naturally occurring in liver, kidney and green leafy vegetables. It is also added to many enriched food such as bread and pasta to reduce the risk of birth defects.

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Names

Vitamin B9, Folate

Allergy Information

Uses

Nutrient

Additional Information

It is now recommended that that all women of child-bearing age who are capable of becoming pregnant should consume 0.4 mg of folic acid per day for the purpose of reducing the risk of having a pregnancy affected by spina bifida or other neural tube defects.



Found In

spinach, asparagus, liver, kidney, legumes, enriched grains, fortified breakfast cereal

Possible Health Effects

High levels may mask neurological complications in people with a Vitamin B12 deficiency.

Allergy Information

Unknown

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