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Folate (Vitamin B9)

B vitamins help your body perform a variety of functions, including energy metabolism, creating blood cells, and maintaining brain function. Those at risk for not getting enough B vitamins in their diet include the elderly who have a poor diet, alcoholics, those with digestive disorders that prevent nutrient absorption, and pregnant women.

Vitamin B9, also called folate and folic acid, contributes to cell growth and the production of DNA and red blood cells. Lack of folate may cause anemia and fatigue and is especially important for healthy fetal development.

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Last updated:
August 6, 2021

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