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.
Diet and Healthy Hair
A healthy diet can help your hair stay strong and lustrous. WebMD explains.
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.
Good Food: Can It Keep Cancer Away?
Experts believe that eating healthy is an important way to protect against cancer. Here’s how to make sure you’re getting enough of the good stuff -- like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains -- while staying away from the bad.
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.
A Pregnant Woman's Daily Diet
At no other time in life is nutrition as important as before, during, and following pregnancy. Read here for straightforward advice on eating for two.
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.
Nutrition for Women at Every Age
Certain nutrients are especially important for women at particular times of life. This article covers nutrition needs for women in their teens and during their childbearing and senior years.