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What is a folate?

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Folate is the generic name for a type of B vitamin that is found naturally in foods as folate or added to fortified foods or turned into supplements as folic acid. Folate plays an important role in cell growth and metabolism. Studies show that many people in the U.S. don't get enough folic acid.

From: Folate (Folic Acid) WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Longe, J., ed. , second edition, 2004. The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Natural Standard Patient Monograph: "Folic acid."

Office of Dietary Supplements web site: "Folic acid."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on June 17, 2018

SOURCES:

Longe, J., ed. , second edition, 2004. The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Natural Standard Patient Monograph: "Folic acid."

Office of Dietary Supplements web site: "Folic acid."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on June 17, 2018

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