Folic Acid

Also known as Vitamin B9

What is Folic Acid

  • Water soluble vitamin
  • Often found in grains and vegetables

Role of Nutrient in Body

  • Treat Folic Acid deficiency
  • Helps with kidney problems
  • Decreases risk of birth defect
  • Needed to form healthy cells (mainly red)

Consequences of Insufficient Levels

  • Need to be consumed daily
  • Body doesn't store Folic Acid
  • Low Folic Acid levels can lead to anemia (not enough red blood cells)

Major Source of Nutrient in Body

  • Cold cereals
  • Flour
  • Breads
  • Pasta
  • Bakery items
  • Cookies
  • Crackers
  • Spinach
  • Okra
  • Asparagus
  • Beans
  • Beef
  • Liver
  • Orange and tomato juice