Folate is also known as folacin or vitamin B9 and is naturally present in many foods.
A form of folate, folic acid is used in dietary supplements and fortified foods like breakfast cereal and bread. It’s the synthetic form of folate.
Folate is water soluble and helps body form red blood cells. It also aids in protein metabolism, cell growth and division.
The body needs folate for development of DNA and genetic material within the cell. It’s also needed for synthesis of amino acids, and tissue growth and development during pregnancy so pregnant women need more folate.
Folate is naturally present in many foods: whole wheat products, meats, nuts, beans liver, eggs, sunflowers seeds, asparagus, leafy green vegetables, beans, chickpeas, oranges, strawberries, melons, corn, lentils, carrots just to mention a few.