Folate and folic acid are forms of a water-soluble B vitamin. Folate occurs naturally in food, and folic acid is the synthetic form of this vitamin. Since 1998, folic acid has been added to cold cereals, flour, breads, pasta, bakery items, cookies, and crackers, as required by federal law. Foods that are naturally high in folate include leafy vegetables (such as spinach, broccoli, and lettuce), okra, asparagus, fruits (such as bananas, melons, and lemons) beans, yeast, mushrooms, meat (such as beef liver and kidney), orange juice, and tomato juice.
Folic acid is used for preventing and treating low blood levels of folate (folate deficiency), as well as its complications, including “tired blood” (anemia) and the inability of the bowel to absorb nutrients properly. Folic acid is also used for other conditions commonly associated with folate deficiency, including ulcerative colitis, liver disease, alcoholism, and kidney dialysis.
Women who are pregnant or might become pregnant take folic acid to prevent miscarriage and “neural tube defects” birth defects such as spina bifida that occur when the fetus’s spine and back do not close during development.
SUPPLEMENT FACTS (Amount Per Serving) Folic Acid 400mcg
INGREDIENTS: Microcrystalline Cellulose, Modified Maize Starch, Magnesium Stearate, and Folic Acid.
DIRECTIONS: Take 1 tablet with a meal as a food supplement.
NOTE: Do not exceed the stated daily intake. Should not be used as a substitute for a varied diet.
SUITABLE FOR VEGETARIANS
STORAGE: Store in a cool dry place and out of sight and reach of children.
Other names: folate, congeners, including tetrahydrofolic acid, methyltetrahydrofolate, methenyltetrahydrofolate, folinicacid, and folacin.