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Folic acid is a form of folate and everyone needs some folate in their bodies. Folate helps make red and white blood cells. For information on folate and folic acid, see HealthLinkBC File #68g Folate and Your Health.
Folate is also needed for growth, especially in unborn babies. Folate helps prevent some birth defects, such as defects of the brain and spinal cord. Brain or spinal cord defects are called neural tube defects (NTDs). For more information, see HealthLinkBC File #38c Pregnancy and Nutrition: Folate and Neural Tube Defects.
Call 8-1-1 to speak to a registered dietitian, Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., or Email a HealthLinkBC Dietitian for additional information on folate and your health.
Adaptation Date: 9/15/2021
Adapted By: HealthLink BC
Adaptation Reviewed By: HealthLink BC