Nutrition and Information Guide: Folic Acid or Folacin

About the vitamin folic acid or folacin, nutritional information guide, uses, effects of deficiency, good sources of folic acid or folacin.

Folic Acid (Folacin)

Use in the Body: Carries carbon in the formation of heme, the iron-containing protein in hemoglobin. Aids in the formation of red blood cells and nucleic acid, which is essential for growth and reproduction. May prevent graying of hair.

Deficiency May Lead to: Anemia. Rare except during infancy or pregnancy. May occur with use of sulfa drugs, which interfere with the intestinal bacteria which produce some folic acid.

Notes: Stress, disease, and the consumption of alcohol increase the body's needs.

Best Sources: Gland meats, green, leafy vegetables, and brewers' yeast.

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