Name (common): Folic acid

Synonyms: Folate, vitamin B9


General description:

Folic acid is the supplemental form of folate. When eaten as part of the diet, good sources of folate include green leafy vegetables such as cabbage and spinach, asparagus, broccoli, sprouts, mushrooms, legumes, nuts and fortified cereals.


Functions and general science:

Dietary folate and folic acid both undergo conversion in the body to the active form tetrahydrofolate (THF). The fundamental role of this vitamin is in DNA synthesis, development and cell growth. It is considered particularly important for women who are trying to conceive as well as during the first trimester of pregnancy to reduce the risk of neural tube defects in newborns.


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The information provided in reference to this ingredient is general in nature and provided as information only. Any product specific therapeutic claims for this ingredient are linked to specific dosage requirements based on evidence of traditional or scientific nature.