Vitamin B9

Vitamin B9, also known as folic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin. Folic acid is the metabolic precursor to a coenzyme, tetrahydrofolate, involved notably in the synthesis of nucleic bases, purines, and pyrimidines, which constitute the nucleic acids of genetic material.


VITAMIN B9: Vitamin B9, also known as folic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin from the B-complex. It plays a crucial role in various biological processes, including DNA synthesis, cell division, and the formation of red blood cells.

  • Main Functions: Folic acid is essential for DNA synthesis, cell repair, red blood cell formation, and other metabolic processes. During pregnancy, it is particularly vital for the healthy development of the fetus.
  • Food Sources: Folic acid is naturally found in many foods, including leafy green vegetables (spinach, broccoli), citrus fruits, legumes, avocados, nuts, and seeds. It is also often added to cereals and baked goods as a supplement.
  • Supplementation: Folic acid supplementation is sometimes recommended, especially for pregnant women or those planning a pregnancy, as adequate folate intake helps prevent neural tube defects in the fetus.
  • Prevention of Neural Tube Defects: A deficiency in folic acid during pregnancy has been linked to an increased risk of neural tube defects in the fetus, such as spina bifida. That's why pregnant women are often encouraged to take folic acid supplements before and during pregnancy.
  • Interactions with Other Vitamins: Vitamin B9 works closely with vitamin B12 and other B-complex members to support various metabolic processes.
  • Conversion to Active Forms: Folic acid is converted into active forms in the body, including tetrahydrofolate (THF), which is involved in metabolic reactions.
  • Roles in Cardiovascular Health: Vitamin B9 also plays a role in cardiovascular health by reducing homocysteine levels, a risk factor for heart diseases.
  • Nutritional Requirements: Folic acid requirements vary depending on age, gender, and life stage, but generally, it's essential to obtain an adequate amount to support overall health.

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