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Folate is a water soluble B vitamin that can be found naturally in many foods. Folate helps to produce and maintain new cells, is needed to make DNA and RNA and may prevent changes in DNA that lead to cancer. It is also needed to metabolize and maintain normal levels of the amino acid homocysteine. We need folate to prevent anemia and make red blood cells.

Folate can be found in leafy greens, fruits and dried beans. It is also found as an added ingredient, as folic acid, to cereals, flours, pasta, rice, breads and other grains. Folic acid is the synthetic form of folate and is added to many fortified foods.

Folate deficiency can lead to weakness, headaches, irritability, heart palpitations, weight loss and forgetfulness. It is not very probable to get toxic amounts of folate.

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