Getting to know it!
This vitamin, also known as
It is a synthetic chemical that has the same biological effects as folate. Both have an important role in the synthesis of
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:
- A 'pteridine' nucleus (pyrimidine and pyrazine rings)
- Para-aminobenzoic acid.
- Glutamic acid.
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.
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