Folic acid

Folic acid

(Science: biochemistry) Pteridine derivative that is abundant in liver and green plants and is a growth factor for some bacteria. The biochemically active form is tetrahydrofolate (see folate). A B vitamin that is essential for cell growth and reproduction.Otherwise known as vitamin c, which plays a part in the production of nucleic acids and red blood cells, therefore is an essential constituent of a balanced Diet.

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