Functions of Folic Acid

Folic Acid:

Folic Acid was named in 1941 by Mitchell and his associates. The name was chosen because of its prevalence in green leaves. Folium is the Latin word for leaf. In 1945, Dr. Tom spies showed that folic acid was effective in the treatment of megaloblastic anaemia.

Folacin is the generic term for folic. It consists of three linked components – a pteridine grouping, para aminobenzoic acid and glutamic acid, an amino acid.

Functions of Folic Acid:

1. Most important in blood formation.

2. It used in synthesis and repair of DNA and RNA.

3. Aids rapid cell division and growth.

4. Enhances brain health.

5. Important for pregnant women as it helps prevent the foetus from developing major congential deformities of the brain or spine.

6. Folacin forms a Co Enzyme called tetrahydropholates, needed for metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins and fats.