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Vitamin B9: Fun Facts and Health Information About Folic Acid


What is the recommended dosage of Vitamin B9 for an adult:
400 – 1,200 mcg

What is the molecular formula:
C19H19N7O6

What does Vitamin B9 do in the body:
Essential for red blood cell formation and synthesis of DNA and protein

What foods contain and are a good source of Vitamin B9:
Fortified cereals
pinto beans
navy beans
green leafy vegetables
beef
brown rice
bran
cheese
lamb
liver
milk
mushrooms
oranges
split peas
pork
tuna
whole grains

What does a deficiency in Vitamin B9 cause:
Deficiency during pregnancy is associated with birth defects, such as neural tube defects

What are the symptoms of Vitamin B9 deficiency:
Deficiency results in a macrocytic anemia, and elevated levels of homocysteine.

What happens if you overdose on the vitamin: May mask symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency

Solubility: Water

What is the scientific name: Folic Acid

When was the vitamin discovered: 1941