Folic acid, a synthetic form of folate, is probably best known as a pregnancy supplement used to reduce the chances of the fetus developing neural tube defects.
– Bread – Breakfast cereals – Corn flour – Cornmeal – Pasta – Rice
Supplementing with folic acid to increase folate for those with low folate levels may reduce the risk of stroke, and hypertension.
Low folate levels can affect cognitive function as well. Folic acid supplementation seems to protect against these disorders in people with low folate.
Proper levels of folate help to facilitate and regulate cell regeneration, a key factor in the formation of cancers.