Also known as vitamin B9 is essential to us. The human body needs folic acid to synthesize DNA, repair DNA and as well as to act as a cofactor in biological reactions involving folic acid. It is especially important in aiding rapid cell division and growth, such as in infancy and pregnancy. Children and adults both require folic acid to produce healthy red blood cells and prevent anemia.
Folic acid is much recommended if you're pregnant because it can prevent the baby of having neural tube defects (NTDs). Which are serious birth defects of the spine and brain; two of the most common NTDs are spina bifida and anencephaly. Taking 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid daily can help prevent these major birth defects.