What is Folic Acid? Full information, usage, benefits and side effects

What is Folic Acid? Full information, usage, benefits and side effects


Dried beans, peas, lentils, oranges, whole-wheat products, liver, asparagus, beets, broccoli, brussels sprouts, and spinach all contain folic acid, a type of B vitamin.

Folic acid helps your body make and keep new cells and prevents DNA changes that could cause cancer.


Folic acid is used to treat anemia, or a lack of red blood cells, caused by folic acid deficiency. Folic acid is a medication.
When treating pernicious anemia, folic acid is sometimes combined with other medications. Pernicious anemia and other anemias unrelated to vitamin B12 deficiency cannot be treated with folic acid alone. Follow the directions on all of your medications.


Folic acid tablets are available. It is typically taken once per day. Carefully follow the instructions on your prescription label, and if you have any questions, ask your pharmacist or doctor. Follow all directions when taking folic acid. Do not take it more frequently or less frequently than your doctor has instructed.

If you are taking folic acid to treat a deficiency, you probably won't feel better for a long time, usually within a day or two. However, you should not stop taking this medication unless your doctor instructs you to.

Side effects:
  • skin rash
  • itching
  • redness
  • difficulty breathing

Please consult your doctor/physician/specialist before taking any healthcare products. In case of allergic reaction to the medicines/substance, please take immediate medical help.

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