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Folic Acid


Forms:  Folic Acid, sodium folate


Sources:  Leafy vegetables, legumes, orange juice, milk


RDA:  600 mcg for pregnant women


Description:  Folic acid, also known as folate, is water soluble.  Folic acid is needed for the production of DNA and RNA as well as for maintaining proper nervous system and brain function.  In addition, folic acid helps to maintain a healthy digestive tract.  A folic acid deficiency can cause neural tube defects in unborn infants.  Also, it can cause megaloblastic anemia as well as dementia and other cognitive disorders.  When taking folic acid supplements, doses of greater than 5000 mcg in the synthetic form is not recommended.  However, no toxic effects have been noted from taking the natural form found in food.



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