Ingredients Glossary

Vitamin B9

Vitamin B9

Alternative Names

Folic acid
Folate
Folacin
Vitamin M.

What It Is

Vitamin B9 is one of eight water-soluble B vitamins. Folate is the naturally occurring form of vitamin B9 and folic acid is a synthetic folate compound used in vitamin supplements.

Role in the human body

Vitamin B9 is has many functions within the body including energy production, blood cell formation and normal psychological function. Vitamin B9 can help prevent neural tube defects in the developing foetus.

Where It Is Found

The richest sources of vitamin B9 are liver, dark green leafy vegetables, beans, peanuts, wheat germ and yeast. Other sources are egg yolk, milk and dairy products, beets, orange juice and whole wheat bread.