Folic acid belongs to the family of water soluble B vitamins. Its main sources in our diet are meat and organ meats, leafy green vegetables, whole grains and nuts.
Who is in greater risk folic acid deficiency?
• Individuals with poor nutrition
• Older adults
• Pregnant women
• Underweight individuals
• Heavy drinkers
• Individuals with malabsorptive disorders (celiac’s disease, atrophic gastritis, inflammatory bowel diseases).
Water soluble vitamins are not stored in our body and any excess is excreted in the urine.
The role of folic acid:
• Cell reproduction
• DNA & RNA synthesis
• Fetal growth and development
Folic acid deficiency may result in:
• Neural tube defects in fetus
• Megaloblastic anemia
• Weakness & fatigue
• Neurological disorders