What is vitamin B9?

Vitamin B9 or folate/folic acid, is a water-soluble B vitamin that is essential for proper development of red blood cells, DNA and RNA. Periods of growth increase the use and need of this vitamin. It is also used to prevent pregnancy anemia and neural tube defects, premature and low birth weight infants. Due to its role in homocysteine metabolism, it lowers levels of this amino acid, reducing risk of heart disease and stroke.
Vitamin B9 is a vitamin that can be acquired over-the-counter or prescribed to you by a doctor. It is a member of the B-vitamin family called folic acid. It is found in many foods, so most people do not need to take a folic acid supplement. However, pregnant women need to increase their intake of folic acid to guard against spinal birth defects. It helps cell function, metabolism and growth, making it a very important nutrient. It also helps prevent anemia and certain negative DNA mutations. Ask your doctor if you are receiving enough vitamin B9 through your diet.

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