Why is folate important?
Folate is one of the B vitamins. Our bodies use folate to make new cells. Folate is especially important for women of childbearing age, pregnant and nursing women, growing children, and older people.
If you don't get enough folate in your diet, you could get anemia. You also could be at higher risk for heart disease, stroke, cancer, or memory problems.
How much folate do I need?
All adults need 400 micrograms of folate a day.
What foods contain folate?
Dark green leafy vegetables
Beans and lentils
Fortified cereals and breads
If you do not get enough folate from the foods you eat, you may need to take a supplement. Supplements contain a form of the vitamin called folic acid. Too much folic acid can be harmful, so talk to your doctor first.