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Importance of Folic Acid For The Body

Folic acid is a water-soluble vitamin. It’s a synthetic version of folate, one of the B vitamins. Foods that are naturally high in folic acid include leafy vegetables, okra, asparagus, certain fruits, beans, yeast, mushrooms, animal liver and kidney, orange juice, and tomato juice. Folic acid is also available as a supplement, and is often used in combination with other B vitamins.

Folic acid is used for preventing and treating low blood levels of folate (folate deficiency). People who are pregnant take folic acid to prevent serious birth defects as it helps in the development of the baby. Folic acid supplements can help to prevent neural tube irregularities, including spina bifida. Getting enough folic acid during pregnancy can reduce the chance that your baby will be born with this condition.

Folic acid can help improve heart health and reduce the risk of heart disease. Folic acid is involved in the production of brain chemicals called neurotransmitters. Consuming too little folic acid can depression and other mental health conditions.

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