What is the function of Folic acid?

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‘Folacin’ is the generic term used for folic acid. It is necessary for normal blood formation (hemtopoiesis). It stimulates the formation of red blood cells in the bone marrow and also the formation of white blood corpuscles.

‘Folacin’ is the generic term used for folic acid.

Functions

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It is necessary for normal blood formation (hemtopoiesis). It stimulates the formation of red blood cells in the bone marrow and also the formation of white blood corpuscles. It appears to be involved in the metabolism of amino acids, tyrosine and phenylalanine. It also seems to have a sparing action on choline.

Sources

It is found in foods both in the free and in the conjugated forms. Liver, kidney, deep green leafy vegetables are good sources of folic acid. Wheat cereals provide a fair amount of it.

Daily Allowance

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The daily requirement is not exactly known. It is believed to be about 0.1 to

0.2 mg.

Deficiency

Folic acid is involved in the multiplication and maturation of cells and its deficiency results in macrocytic anemia especially in infants and pregnant women.

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