Folic Acid Directory
Folic acid is a man-made version of a B vitamin, folate. Folate is especially important during periods of rapid cell growth, such as during infancy and pregnancy. Folate is needed to make the building blocks of cells known as DNA and RNA. Folate helps prevent changes to DNA that can lead to cancer. Both adults and children need folate to make red blood cells and prevent anemia. Folate also helps the body keep normal levels of homocysteine, an amino acid that has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and osteoporosis. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how folic acid and folate work, what products contain this vitamin, and when you need a supplement.
Folic Acid for Good Health
Folic acid (folate) is a type of B vitamin that's key for cell growth, metabolism, and for pregnant women. WebMD tells you how to get enough folate in your diet and recommended dosages for children and adults.
Folic Acid Benefits in Pregnancy
WebMD explains the benefits of taking folic acid before, during, and after pregnancy.
Folic Acid Deficiency Anemia (Low Folate)
Anemia isn’t always caused by a lack of iron. Not getting enough folate can harm your health, too.
Diet and Healthy Hair
A healthy diet can help your hair stay strong and lustrous. WebMD explains.
Your Guide to Prenatal Vitamins
Why is it so important to take prenatal vitamins when you're expecting? Get the facts on taking prenatal vitamins during your pregnancy.
Protect Your Pregnancy Before You Conceive
Thinking about getting pregnant? Here’s what to do in the weeks and months before you conceive to protect your baby-to-be.
Older Adults: 9 Nutrients You May Be Missing
With age, your body doesn’t absorb nutrients well, so every calorie you consume must be packed with nutrition. Here are 9 nutrients older adults often need more of.
Essential Nutrients Every Woman Needs
Women’s nutrition for puberty, pregnancy, menopause -- are you getting the nutrients you need?