Folic acid is a vitamin from the B group (vitamin B9). It occurs naturally in food as a folate. Folic acid is essential for cell function which is why this vitamin is also called a “vital vitamin”.
According to the dietary associations in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, the supply of folic acid should be 300 micrograms of total folate per day. Women require additional quantities of folic acid before and during pregnancy. This is necessary for the development of the spine in the unborn child.