In every cell in the body there is DNA. A genetic blueprint for the body to copy multiply creating cells for growth, repair from injury, and to replace dying cells. Folate is essential to replicating the DNA in our cells. In pregnancy it is also required for normal baby development during the first 8 weeks of pregnancy.

· Class of Vitamin: Water soluble (easily dissolves in water and is not stored in the body)

· What it does: part of the process of making new cells in the body

· Good Sources: Beef liver, pinto beans, asparagus, avocado, lentils, spinach, enriched cereal, beets

· What happens if you consume too much of it: masks Vitamin B12 deficiciency

· How much is too much: more than 1000 ug/day**

· What happens if you don’t consume enough: Anemia, smooth red tongue, depression, mental confusion, weakness, fatigue, irritability, headache, neural tube defects

· Daily Requirement Intake: Adults= 400 ug/day

This information can be found in any nutrition text book or on the National Institute of Health Website. This is only a basic description of vitamins and the amounts needed for an average adult diet of 2,000 calories. Some vitamins and foods may react with your body when on certain medications. Always consult your doctor before starting any supplements or diet. For further information consult with your Physician or a Registered Dietitian. Your way to excellent health starts with you.