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The power of folic acid, This B vitamin can pack powerful punch

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Best food sources of folic acid include: dark, leafy greens such as spinach, romaine, broccoli, asparagus, collards, kale and Swiss chard; oranges; legumes; avocado; and fortified foods such as those made with enriched white wheat flour and pasta.Folic acid -- a B vitamin -- packs a powerful punch for disease prevention. Luckily, you can find it in a wide variety of foods and, if needed, in supplements.

Known best for its ability to prevent spina bifida in newborn babies, folic acid is also a key player in the body's production of red blood cells (without it, we become anemic).

The latest research also shows that folic acid helps prevent heart disease. Low levels of folic acid lead to raised blood levels of homocysteine, contributing to inflammation, which increases the risk of heart attacks and Alzheimer's disease.

In children, folic acid is needed for normal growth, and possibly for sleep and healthy digestive tracts.

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