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General description Water soluble vitamin essential for healthy pregnancy.
Found - dark green leafy vegetables
- liver
- brewers yeast
- whole grain
- lentils
- orange juice
- asparagus
Anti-aging role - RNA and DNA synthesis
- red blood cell production
- metabolism of proteins
- vital for development of neural tube
- lower blood level of homocysteine
- lower the risk of heart disease by preventing damage of the endothelium
- protect against cancer of the colon and rectum
Deficiency symptoms - anemia
- poor growth
- weakness
- inflamed and sore tongue
- numbness and tingling in the hands and feet
- irritability, depression
- diarrhea, indigestion
- impaired wound healing
- reduced resistance to infection
- birth defects
- premature birth
- cervical cancer and dysplasia
Therapeutic doses 400 - 800 mcg.
First trimester of pregnancy: 600 mcg.
Nursing women: 500 mcg.

Europian RDA: 200 mcg
Maximum safe level 400 mcg (long - term usage)
700 mcg (short - term usage)
Daily intake of folic acid in adults should not exceed 1000 mg.
Side effects Very high doses of folic acid may trigger seizures in people with epilepsy.
Interactions - antiepileptic drugs
High risk groups - pegnant and lactating women
- people with malabsorption, coelic and inflammatory intestinal diseases
Composition formulas - folic acid (pteroilmonoglutamic acid), folate, methyl - folate (methyl - tetrahydrogen folate)
- folic acid has the best absorption
- metil - THF has the best usability
- in combination with other B-vitamins, multivitamin, vitamin-mineral and prenatal formulas