What People Over 50 Need to Know About Folate

By Elaine Magee, MPH, RD

What Does Folate Do and How Much Is Recommended?

What does folate do in the body?

Folate is essential for the formation of DNA and RNA (our genetic blueprints) at the cellular level and is particularly important for body tissues that have fast cell production and turnover, such as bone marrow and the intestinal tract. It’s also required for the synthesis and breakdown of amino acids. A deficiency of folic acid can affect the nervous system and brain function.

How much folate is recommended per day?

In the United States, the current recommended dietary value of folic acid is 400 micrograms (mcg or µg) per day for adults (anyone 19 or older), 500 mcg per day for women who are lactating, and 600 mcg per day for those who are pregnant.


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