Folate
What is folate?
Folate is a water-soluble B vitamin that occurs naturally in food. Folic acid is the synthetic form of folate that is found in supplements and added to fortified foods.

What happens if I have a deficiency in folate?
Folate deficient women who become pregnant are at greater risk of giving birth to low birth weight, premature, and/or infants with neural tube defects. In infants and children, folate deficiency can slow overall growth rate. In adults, anemia can result from long term folate deficiency.

What happens if I have excess folate?
Folate intake from food is not associated with any health risk. The risk of toxicity from folic acid intake from supplements and/or fortified foods is also low.

 

Source: http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Folate-QuickFacts/

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