Folic acid is one of the B vitamins. used to treat type of anemia ( macrocytic anemia ) which caused by folic acid deficiency. It is also used as a supplement by the pregnant weman during the first months to prevent neural tube defects (NTDs) in the baby. On appearance of anemia symptoms a dose folic acid given per day, with or without vitamin B12, as needed. also folic acid can be administered at a dose less for the purpose of maintenance until the end of the symptoms.
Folic acid, Folinic acid.
You can get folic acid without a prescription, alone or as one of the compounds in multivitamins and minerals. but within acceptable daily requirement.
Men: 400 micrograms
Women: 400 micrograms
Pregnant women: 500-800 micrograms
30 micrograms from birth until 6 months.
0.45 micrograms from 6 months to a year.
100 micrograms from a year up to 3 years.
200 micrograms from 4 to 6 years.
300 micrograms from 7 to 10 years.
400 micrograms from 11 years and above.
In pregnancy must add 400 micrograms, and breastfeeding period must add 100 micrograms.
Its a water solubile vitamin.
Megaloblastic anemia and deficiency during pregnancy is associated with birth defects, such as neural tube defects
There are no common side effects. It is not known whether high doses over a long period of time are of concern.[There are concerns that large amounts of folic acid may mask symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency.
Best sources of this vitamin are green leafy vegetables, and liver. The roots of green vegetables, fruits ( oranges ), nuts, dried legumes, egg yolk, pasta, bread, cereal.