What is folic acid for, uses recommended DV - MedPGR

What is folic acid for, uses recommended DV

 Vitamin B9 is also known as folic acid. In this article we will discuss, what is folic acid used for, uses and deficiency diseases, and recommended DV.

Other names of Vitamin B9:

These are the other common names of the vitamin Vitamin B9.

  • Folic acid
  • Vitamin B9
  • Vitamin Bc
  • Folate
  • pteroyyl-L-glutamic acid

Functions of Folic acid:

Folic acid is used for DNA synthesis and is also important in pregnancy because it’s necessary for placenta formation and is also important for overall good health. Folic acid is not biologically active it is converted into folate in the liver of the body and then it starts its reactions in the body.  Folate is also necessary for DNA synthesis and DNA repair in the body that’s the reason the folic acid is converted into folate in the body. Vitamin B9 is also used to make the RBCs and reduces the incidence of neural tube defects. Plays important role in protein synthesis. 

Folic is an important element for our blood and many more functions. RDV of the folic acid is given below:

  • 400 micrograms for adults
  • 600 micrograms for pregnant women
  • 500 micrograms for breastfeeding women
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Uses of folic acid:

Folic acid is required for many functions in the body. Here are some roles of folic acid in the body.

  • Folic acid is required for treating anemia.
  • Folic acid is also required for low blood levels in the body 
  • It also prevents the neural tube defects
  • Improve the skin ageing in women but this has low evidence
  • Increase the hair growth

What happened if we intake more folate?

Folate is necessary for life because it has many functions as we have described earlier, if we intake more folate is may cause they deficiency of B12 because B12 is necessary for the conversion of the folate to folic acid. They are directly proportional to each other, Folate excess causes B12 deficiency that may cause disease.



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