- Supports production and maintenance of new cells
- Supports genetic stability
- Supports cardiovascular function
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The folate group consists of all forms of vitamin B9 (the ninth of the B vitamins). Among them are folic acid (used in food fortification, most supplements, and calcium foliate), folinic acid, and L-5'-methyltetrahydrofolate.
Leafy green vegetables (spinach, lettuce) are one of the best sources of folates, so their name is derived from the Latin word for leaf (folium). Other good sources include seeds, nuts, lentils, and beans.
Folates play a key role in DNA repair and expression and are essential for the production of new cells.
A process is known as methylation, or methyl donation is largely dependent on folates.
Metabolic function is widely influenced by this process. One of the main ways in which genes are expressed according to our diet, lifestyle, and environment is through methylation.
Cardiovascular and cerebrovascular function
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