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What is Folic Acid?

Folic acid, also known as folacin or folate, is one of the B-complex vitamins, and it is also known as vitamin B9. Folic acid is essential for the basic functioning of cells, and extra amounts may be needed during pregnancy, breastfeeding, and in the treatment of anemia and alcoholism. It assists in the uptake and utilization of iron. During pregnancy, supplements may prevent spinal cord defects in the baby.

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