The most well-known use of folic acid is its role in preventing neural tube defects (NTD) during pregnancy. However folate, with its dynamic effects on red blood cell production and DNA methylation, affects numerous bodily functions and is beneficial for much besides pregnancy.

Foods containing excellent to good sources of folic acid are fortified grains, spinach, lentils, chickpeas, asparagus, broccoli, peas, Brussels sprouts, corn, oranges, nuts, liver and yeast.

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