Take your vitamin. Have we heard that a lot during our childhood. We are still bombarded with this topic by advertisments on tv or website.
Well, folic acid is a vitamin. It is the vitamin B9 or folate. Its scientific name is pteroylglutamic acid, but rarely hear it that way. It help to maintain and repair DNA and is important in creating new cells like blood cells. Deficiency in B9 is responsible of birth defect call spina bifida.
Pregnant women are strongly recommended by their doctor to supplement their diet with extra foliate.