Folic acid is one of the B vitamins. It
helps produce red blood cells. Low levels of folic acid (also called folate) in
the body decrease production of red blood cells and cause
folic acid deficiency anemia.
folic acid deficiency anemia include:
Not eating enough foods that contain folic acid.
Unhealthy diets may not have much folic acid.
People who have the eating disorder
anorexia nervosa severely limit how much they eat,
including those foods that contain folic acid.
Having an increased need for folic acid. This might
Pregnancy. Pregnant women need more
folic acid to protect their babies from birth defects, such as neural tube defects.
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