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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