Folic acid participates in several important metabolic processes in the body.

It is essential for the normal growth and maintenance of all cells because it acts as a coenzyme for normal DNA and RNA synthesis.

In addition, it interacts with vitamin B12 to form hemoglobin in red blood cells. It assists in the production of heme, the iron-containing substances in red blood cells.

It also maintains nervous system's integrity and intestinal tract functions. It is involved in the production of neurotransmitters such as serotonin, which regulate mood, sleep and appetite.

Realized by Laurence LIVERNAIS-SAETTEL, dietetian
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