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Folic acid is a form of the water soluble B vitamin. It can be found in foods such as dried beans, oranges, peas, lentils, various whole wheat products (bread, pasta, etc.), beets, asparagus, broccoli, spinach, and brussels sprouts. The human body uses folic acid to help the body make and maintain new cells. Additionally, folic acid is a possible cancer-fighting substance because of the way that it helps prevent genetic changes that possibly lead to cancer. Folic acid can also be prescribed as a medication. In this usage, folic acid is a treatment tool for folic acid deficiency and/or specific types of anemia. Folic acid is also often taken by pregnant women in order to prevent miscarriage and prevent birth defects like spina bifida.

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