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What Is Folic Acid?

Folic acid is the synthetic form of folate. Folate is a naturally occurring B vitamin. Folic acid is fully oxidized and used in fortified foods and dietary supplements. Folic acid converts in the body to folate.

Although most people consume adequate amounts of folate, there are those at risk of insufficient intakes, for instance, women of childbearing age.

Folic Acid Is A Vitamin B

Folic acid is a member of the vitamin B family. (source đź——)

Folic acid supplements are taken as prevention of birth defects.

Diffrens Between Folic Acid And Folate

Folic acid and folate have the same effects.

Folic acid is a synthetic form of folate. Folic acid is therefore used in fortification of foods, used in processed foods, and supplements.

While folate is found in whole foods like eggs and leafy vegetables. (source đź——)

Folic acid can nearly be 100% absorbed when consumed as a supplement on an empty stomach. But folic acid found in fortified foods only has about 85% absorbability.

While naturally occurring folates have a much lower absorbability than fortified foods. (source đź——)

Folic Acid In Pregnancy

Dietary supplementation with folic acid around the time of conception has long been known to reduce the risk of NTD, neural tube defects, in the child. Deficiency is associated with abnormalities in both mother and fetus. (source đź——)

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