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folacin

(fō′lə-sĭn)

folic acid

Nutrition
A general term for pteroylglutamic acids and their related conjugates. This family of B vitamins are required for normal haematopoiesis (production of red blood cells), and are present in leafy green vegetables, liver and yeast; it is used to treat megaloblastic anaemia and folate deficiency, prevent against cervical cancer and neural tube defects, and may ward against coronary artery disease as it counteracts the effects of homocysteine, an amino acid which, if elevated, increases smooth muscle proliferation, narrowing affected arteries.
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Folacin and folate are terms for compounds that provide folic acid activity.
Folacin. Folacin is the generic term for several derivatives of folic acid, each of which has biological activity.
One of the most well-researched areas of the benefits of folacin concerns the proper development of a fetus.
All of this adds fuel to the fire for those who believe that the Recommended Dietary Allowance for folacin (a collective term for all forms of B6) is too low.
(d) The word "folacin" (also called folic acid) comes from the same root as "foliage," and the best sources include leafy green vegetables and broccoli.
In 1988, vegetables were the major sources of folacin in the food supply, accounting for 27 percent.
Recommended Daily Allowance of protein, as well as 4.6 percent of the vitamin B-2, 14.6 percent of niacin, 62.5 percent of folacin and 170 percent of vitamin B-12.
Vitamins are divided into fat soluble (vitamins A, D, E, and K) and water soluble (vitamins C, [B.sub.6], [B.sub.12], thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folacin, biotin, and pantothenic acid).
2) Premix that provided the following vitamin and minerals per kg diet: vitamin A, 3,500 IU; vitamin D3, 600 IU; vitamin E, 140 IU; vitamin K, 1.5 mg; vitamin B1, 1 mg; vitamin B2, 4.8 mg; vitamin B6, 1.5 mg; pantothenic acid, 12 mg; niacin, 30.4 mg; biotin, 0.05 mg; folacin, 0.3 mg; vitamin B12, 18 pg; Fe (ferrous sulfate heptahydrate, 20.09% Fe), 150 mg; Cu (copper sulfate pentahydrate, 25.45% Cu), 15.99 mg; Mn (manganese oxide, 77.45% Mn), 2.58 mg; Zn (zinc oxide, 80.34% Zn), 73.44 mg; Co (cobaltous sulfate monohydrate, 32% Co), 0.40 mg; Se (sodium selenite, 45.66% Se), 0.42 mg; and I (potassium iodate, 59.06% I), 0.40 mg.
Folate Aids cell reproduction and All adults: 400 mcg (folic acid, growth, healthy red blood cells (recommend 200 folacin) and DNA synthesis.
The amino acids, broken down from protein during digestion, truly are the "building blocks" of the body, and folacin, or folic acid, contributes to cell growth and the formation of red blood cells, as well as digestion and the nervous system.