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- n. See folic acid.
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- n. folic acid
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- n. a B vitamin that is essential for cell growth and reproduction
A deficiency of the nutrient folic acid also called folacin causes cell changes that lead to cervical cancer.
Folic acid: Also called folate, folacin, or vitamin B9, folic acid is a B vitamin involved in producing thymidine for DNA replication.
However, sunlight destroys vitamins A and riboflavin, and high temperatures destroy vitamins A, C, folacin and thiamin14 by increasing oxidation.
Vitamins A, C, E, and folacin oxidize, meaning that their chemical structure is altered, and their nutritional value reduced.
Among the kid-friendly recipes we made at Montcrest were a whole-grain version of Rice Krispies squares, quinoa sushi (quinoa is not technically a grain but is packed with iron, potassium, folacin and riboflavin) and steel cut oatmeal pancakes.
A high value would indicate a larger red blood cells such as in macrocytic anemia of a folacin deficiency or pernicious anemia from a B12 deficiency.