The tutor explores the function of folic acid in the body.
Folate is a B-vitamin; the synthetic form used to supplement foods is folic acid, which the body converts to folate.
Folate is needed for cell division and producing certain amino acids. A deficiency may result, for instance, in megaloblastic anemia: impaired cell division produces too few, but larger, red blood cells.
Folate is important during pregnancy.
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