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What Are Total Count Of Folates?

Folate is also known as vitamin B9 and folacin. The total amount of folate counted here includes both the natural folate found in foods, and the manufactured folate, called folic acid.

Folate deficiency can be caused by unhealthy diets that do not include enough vegetables and other folate-rich foods. Folate deficiency may lead to glossitis, diarrhea, depression, confusion, anemia, and fetal neural tube and brain defects.

Folate Is A Generic Term

Folate is a generic term referring to both natural folates in food and folic acid, the synthetic form used in supplements and fortified food.(source đź——)

That is why when a nutrition label or something like that says total count of folates, they mean all different folates combined.

Folates Is Found In A Wide Variety Of Foods

A wide variety of foods naturally contain folate. But the form that is added to foods and supplements, folic acid, is better absorbed. (source đź——)

Adequate folic acid intake is an effective dietary-based prevention tool for reducing the risk of neural tube defects. (source đź——)

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