Getting to know it!
This vitamin, also known as folic acid, is important for women especially during pregnancy. It is a synthetic chemical that has the same biological effects as folate. Both have an important role in the synthesis of DNA (genetic material inside cells) and in the break down of homocysteine (an amino acid that can cause blood vessel damage). Folic acid is more readily absorbed and has a better bioavailability compared to folate.
It is chemically called 'pteroyl glutamic acid'.Folic acid is the collective name given to a group of compounds that contain the following three structures:
|1.A 'pteridine' nucleus (pyrimidine and pyrazine rings)|
This is the reason behind using folic acid for fortification (adding nutrients to food to prevent deficiency) of cereals, bread, pasta and in multivitamin supplements.
Latest Publications and Research on Vitamin B9Use of Fertility Treatments in Relation to the Duration of Pregnancy Attempt Among Women Who Were Trying to Become Pregnant and Experienced a Live Birth. - Published by PubMed
Design considerations for PAMAM dendrimer therapeutics. - Published by PubMed
Maternal sFlt-1, PlGF, PAI-2 and folate concentrations and early fetal size: The Generation R study. - Published by PubMed
Targeted CT/MR dual mode imaging of tumors using multifunctional dendrimer-entrapped gold nanoparticles. - Published by PubMed
Smoking overrules many other risk factors for small for gestational age birth in less educated mothers. - Published by PubMed