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Folic Acid / Folate / Folacin - Information - Benefits - Side Effects

Folic acid (Folate, Folacin) is a B vitamin that helps the body produce and maintain new cells. Folic acid is the synthetic form of folate found in dietary supplements. Information on the uses, benefits, and side effects of folic acid. Supplementation of folic acid is highly recommended for people taking the drug methotrexate.
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Folic acid (folate)
Folic acid is a water-soluble vitamin in the B-complex group. Folic acid works along with vitamin B12 and vitamin C to help the body digest and utilize proteins and to synthesize new proteins when they are needed. It is necessary for the production of red blood cells and for the synthesis of DNA.

Dietary Supplement Fact Sheet: Folate
Dietary supplement fact sheet about folate / folic acid, from Office of Dietary Supplements.

Fact Sheet: Folate (Folacin, Folic Acid)
Fact sheet about folate (folacin, folic acid), from Ohio State University.

Common Concerns: Folic Acid / Folate
Folic Acid is a B vitamin which is found naturally in leafy vegetables, citrus fruits, beans, and whole grains. Folate and folic acid are interchangeable terms. Many groups recommend that women of childbearing age (15–45 years old) take folic acid as a part of their daily diet, not when they become pregnant which is often too late to prevent birth defects, from CERHR.

Why Folic Acid Is So Important
Essential information about folic acid, from CDC.

Profile: Folic Acid (Folate, Folacin)
Folic acid, also called folate or folacin, is a B vitamin with a reputation for protecting against birth defects and heart disease. Many people have a folic acid deficiency, since the body can't retain folic acid for long (any excess is excreted in the urine) To make matters worse, half of the folic acid content in foods can be lost through cooking, processing, or storage, from UMM.

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