folic acid

noun
fo·lic acid | \ ˈfō-lik- \

Definition of folic acid 

: a crystalline vitamin C19H19N7O6 of the B complex that is required for normal production of red blood cells, is used especially in the treatment of nutritional anemias, and occurs chiefly in green leafy vegetables, liver, kidneys, dried beans, and mushrooms

called also pteroylglutamic acid

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Today, folic acid is prescribed to every expectant mother to reduce the rate of neurologic birth defects. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "We Are Scientists," 5 June 2018 His team was the first to devise a method to synthesize the vitamin folic acid. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "We Are Scientists," 5 June 2018 There are still cases where a supplement is advised (like folic acid for pregnant women), but on the whole, generally healthy adults might as well just skip them, and use the medicine-cabinet space for something else. Katie Heaney, The Cut, "Save Yourself the Money and Skip the Multivitamins," 31 May 2018 In a series of clinical trials, folic acid pills lowered homocysteine levels but had no overall benefit for heart disease, Lichtenstein said. Liz Szabo, chicagotribune.com, "Older Americans are hooked on vitamins despite scarce evidence they work," 6 Apr. 2018 Unfortunately celiac disease is already known to cause deficiencies in zinc, selenium and folic acid, so those who are pregnant and suffering from the disease need to pay special attention to these three vitamins. Hannah Drown, cleveland.com, "How do celiac disease and gluten-free diets impact pregnancy?," 8 May 2018 Designed for pregnant and lactating women, this supplement is high in folic acid, iron, and zinc. Korin Miller, Allure, "Do You Need to Take a Multivitamin? Here's What Nutritionists Say," 3 May 2018 Prenatal vitamins became universal when folic acid deficiency was linked to neural tube defects in babies. Dr. Megan Kasper, idahostatesman, "My fellow women: I have a question for you | Idaho Statesman," 23 Mar. 2018 What's important to note is women who choose to consume less carbohydrates might also be opting to eat less folic acid. Ashley May, USA TODAY, "Gluten free, low-carb diets could pose serious health risks to unborn babies," 25 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of folic acid

1941, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for folic acid

Latin folium

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folic acid

noun
fo·lic acid | \ ˌfō-lik- \

Medical Definition of folic acid 

: a crystalline vitamin C19H19N7O6 of the B complex that is required for normal production of red blood cells, that is used especially in the treatment of nutritional anemias, and that occurs especially in green leafy vegetables, liver, kidneys, dried beans, and mushrooms

called also folacin, folate, Lactobacillus casei factor, pteroylglutamic acid, vitamin Bc, vitamin M

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