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 B9Epilepsy in pregnancy. A comprehensive literature review and suggestions for saudi practitioners. - Published by PubMed
Maternal oversupplementation with folic acid and its impact on neurodevelopment of offspring. - Published by PubMed
Folic acid-conjugated chitosan oligosaccharide-magnetic halloysite nanotubes as a delivery system for camptothecin. - Published by PubMed
The Bioavailability of Various Oral Forms of Folate Supplementation in Healthy Populations and Animal Models: A Systematic Review. - Published by PubMed
Spectroscopic investigation of a hyperbranched cationic amylopectin derivative as a multi-guest molecular host for targeted delivery of a photosensitizer to pancreatic cancer cells. - Published by PubMed