Folic acid. Definition

Medical Definition: Folic acid

Nutrient vitamin B complex that the body needs in small amounts to function and stay healthy. Folic acid helps produce red blood cells. It is found in whole grain breads and cereals, liver, green vegetables, orange juice, lentils, beans and yeast. Folic acid is water soluble (can dissolve in water) and must be taken every day. Insufficient folate can cause anemia (a condition in which the red blood cell count is below normal), heart and blood vessels, and defects in the brain and spinal cord in the fetus. Folic acid is being studied with vitamin B12 for the prevention and treatment of cancer. Also called folate.

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