Vitamin B9 (Folic Acid) Molecule

Vitamin B9 is most commonly known as folic acid or folate, terms often used interchangeably. Folate occurs naturally in food; folic acid is the synthetic form used in fortified foods and in B-complex supplements.

The best way to get the daily requirement of all essential vitamins, including folate, is to eat a balanced diet that contains a variety of foods. The name folate is derived from the Latin folium meaning `leaf` — your first clue to identifying good sources of the vitamin in leafy vegetables.

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Folic Acid
Also called: Folacin, Folate, Pteroylglutamic acid, Vitamin B9

Folic acid is a B vitamin. It helps the body make healthy new cells. Everyone needs folic acid. For women who may get pregnant, it is really important. Getting enough folic acid before and during pregnancy can prevent major birth defects of her baby's brain or spine.

Foods with folic acid in them include

  • Leafy green vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Dried beans, peas, and nuts
  • Enriched breads, cereals and other grain products

If you don't get enough folic acid from the foods you eat, you can also take it as a dietary supplement.

NIH: National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements

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