Folic acid, a water-soluble B-complex group vitamin helps with tissue growth, cell function, stimulating the formation of digestive acids and increasing appetite when needed.
Folic acid works along with vitamin B-12 and vitamin C to help the body:
1. Digest and utilize proteins
2. To synthesize new proteins when they are needed
3. Produce red blood cells/corpuscles (RBCs) in your blood
4. Synthesize de-oxy ribonucleic acid (DNA) which is known to be the carrier of heredity.
Folic acid deficiency may cause health related complicates like inflammation of the tongue (glossitis), mouth ulcers, peptic ulcer, diarrhea, graying hair and overall poor growth. Lack of adequate amount of folic acid in your body can also be the cause of typical cases of anemia.
On the contrary, it is interesting to note that excess folic acid content in your system can prove to be toxic. But such cases are very rare as the body can easily excrete excess amounts regularly owing to the water-soluble nature of folic acid.
Natural sources of folic acid are found in food products like dark green leafy vegetables, beans, wheat bran and other whole grains, legumes, citrus fruits & juices, poultry, pork, shellfish and liver.
Synthetic folic acid supplements however come very useful in the treatment of disorders related to folic acid deficiency. Such prescriptions may be a part of treatment for certain menstrual problems and leg ulcers.