Relevance of folic acid fortification of foods in the nutrition of women and children

https://doi.org/10.17221/10027-CJFSCitation:Uherova R., Horkulicova M., Mikusova M. (1999): Relevance of folic acid fortification of foods in the nutrition of women and children. Czech J. Food Sci., 17: 35-39.
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Folic acid and its biologically  active derivates  (folacin  or folates)  rank among  the B-group  vitamins  due to their  hydrophilic character. This acid occurs in nature either in the free form or it is bound to proteins or polysaccharides. Folic acid belongs to the group of vitamins which, in the past were not considered important because the relevance of the acid in biological  processes of the living cell has been discovered  by the scientific  research only in recent years. Folates play an important role as co-enzymes in the synthesis of RNA, DNA, proteins and of some essential amino acids. Therefore they are inevitable for the haematopoiesis, growth and reproduction  of cells. In this sense a widely oriented  research  named "Maternal Folate Status" is proceeding  in the U.S.A., Australia and France.
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