Folic acid is one of the B vitamins, which is used as a supplement by women to prevent neural tube defects (NTDs) developing during pregnancy. Its another form is known as folate. It can treat anemia caused by folic acid deficiency. Long term supplementation reduce the risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease.
Application of folic acid (folate) are as follows:
1 Food industry: used in dairy foods, meat food, baked goods, flour foods, sauces, etc.
2 Medicine: health food, fillers, pharmaceutical raw materials.
3 Industrial manufacturing: oil industry, manufacturing industry, agricultural products, battery, precision casting, and so on.
4 Tobacco products: instead of glycerol as tobacco flavoring, antifreeze moisturizer.
5 Cosmetics: facial creams, beauty creams, lotions, shampoos, facial mask.
6 Feed: pet cans, animal feed, fish feed, vitamins, feed, veterinary products, etc.
The intention of adding folic acid to flour is to promote public health through increasing blood folate levels in the populace. That is a process of folic acid fortification. Food is fortified with folic acid in the USA, only one of the many naturally occurring forms of folate, as well as a substance contributing only a minor amount to the folates in natural foods.
Folic acid is necessary when body is in the utilization of sugars and amino acids, also is necessary for cell growth and reproduction. Folic acid works in the form of tetrahydrofolate in the body, tetrahydro-folate involved in purine nucleotide and pyrimidine nucleotide synthesis and transformation in the body.
Folic acid plays an important role in the manufacturing of nucleic acids (RNA and DNA). It helps the metabolism of protein, promotes red blood cell production and maturation with vitamin B12, as well as an indispensable material of producing blood cells. This product also as Lactobacillus casei works to promote multiplication factor and other microorganisms.
Also it plays an important role in cell division and growth and nucleic acids, amino acids, protein synthesis. The lack of it can result in abnormal red blood cells, increase of immature cells, anemia and leukopenia. Such product is essential nutrient for fetal growth. Pregnant women lack of folic acid can cause low fetal birth weight gain, cleft lip and palate, heart defects, and so on. If you interest in it, please follow OKCHEM Linkedin Page here.