Prohormone & Supplement Ingredients:

Folic Acid (Folacin)

Folic acid (folate in its natural form) is a water-soluble B-complex vitamin. Folic acid is the form most often used in vitamin supplements and fortified foods. The human body needs folate to synthesize DNA, repair DNA, and methylate DNA as well as to act as a cofactor in biological reactions involving folate. Children and adults both require folic acid to produce healthy red blood cells and prevent anemia. Leafy vegetables are a principal source, although, in Western diets, fortified cereals and bread may be a larger dietary source.

Folate deficiency is most often caused by a dietary insufficiency. Alcoholism is associated with low dietary intake and diminished absorption of folate, which can lead to folate deficiency. Additionally, certain conditions such as pregnancy or cancer result in increased rates of cell division and metabolism, causing an increase in the body's demand for folate.

Traditionally, the dietary folate requirement was defined as the amount needed to prevent a deficiency severe enough to cause symptoms like anemia. The most recent RDA (1998) was based primarily on the adequacy of red blood cell folate concentrations. Red cell folate has been shown to correlate with liver folate stores. Because pregnancy is associated with a significant increase in cell division and other metabolic processes that require folate coenzymes, the RDA for pregnant women is considerably higher.
Supplements with this ingredient:
None (for now)

Links to additional information on Folic Acid (Folacin)
Folic Acid (Added on 1/4/2011)
Dietary Supplement Fact Sheet: Folate (Added on 1/4/2011)
Health Professionals Recommendations, Folic Acid, NCBDDD, CDC (Added on 1/4/2011)
Effect of 3-year folic acid supplementation on cognitive function in older adults (Added on 1/4/2011)
Folic Acid The Vitamin That Does Almost Everything (Added on 1/4/2011)

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