Nutrition: Folic Acid is a member of the water-soluble B-vitamins and is also known as folate. Folic acid helps convert Vitamin B12 to one of its coenzyme forms and assists in the synthesis of DNA in rapidly growing cells. Folate is also necessary to help prevent anemia and to prevent neural tube defects in the fetuses of women who are pregnant. Folic acid is a necessary component of the diet and deficiency can result in symptoms such as anemia, heartburn, diarrhea, immune suppression, depression and fatigue. The recommended intake of folate is 200 ug per day with an upper limit at 1 mg per day. Beyond this upper limit, deficiencies of Vitamin B12 could be masked. Folate is present in high amounts in legumes, brewer’s yeast, spinach and asparagus.
Nutrition: Folic Acid