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What is Folate - Folic Acid? Print E-mail
Written by Adrian Wozniak   
Tuesday, 29 September 2009

 Common names
    * Folate, Folic acid (also known as vitamin B9 or folacin) and folate (the naturally occurring form), as well as pteroyl-L-glutamic acid and pteroyl-L-glutamate, are forms of the water-soluble vitamin B9.

Recommended Intake
    * Males & Females ≥ 19 years: 400 ug/day

Note: It is recommended that all women of child-bearing ages consume 400 ug from supplements or fortified foods in addition to intake of food folate from a balanced diet.

What's Folate for?

    * Part of an enzyme complex that assists in releasing energy from food
    * Reduces risk of brain and spinal cord damage during first weeks of pregnancy
    * Helps ensure proper cell division and red blood cell formation occurs
    * Involved in converting vitamin B12 to its metabolically active form
    * Defends against anemia and cancer

Best Food sources

    * Leafy green vegetables, citrus fruits and fruit juices, dried beans and peas, poultry, enriched grain products


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