Folate (Water Soluble)Function
Folic acid helps in the metabolism of proteins and is necessary for the production of red blood cells, as well as tissue growth and cell function. It is also very important before and during pregnancy.
Toxicity from excessive folic acid intake does not normally occur. However, doses over 1,500 mcg/day may cause nausea, appetite loss, flatulence and abdominal distention.
Folic acid deficiency may cause hemolytic and megaloblastic anemias, poor growth, graying hair, inflammation of the tongue, mouth ulcers, peptic ulcer, and diarrhea.
Pumpkin, carrots, sweet potato, beef liver, most dark green leafy vegetables, eggs, cheese.
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This brief and partial description is provided for information purposes only. Vitamin and mineral descriptions may not list all symptoms of overconsumption or deficiency. Please consult your doctor for more information. Source: MedlinePlus, Mayo Clinic