Folic acid, another form of which is known as folate, is one of the B vitamins – water-soluble vitamin B 9.

Folic acid is normally found in foods such as dried beans, peas, lentils, oranges, whole-wheat products, liver, asparagus, beets, broccoli, brussels sprouts, and spinach.

Folic acid helps your body produce and maintain new cells, and also helps prevent changes to DNA that may lead to cancer.

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

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

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