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1. Any of several naturally occurring water-soluble compounds of the vitamin B complex that function in the metabolism of nucleic acids and amino acids and are found in leafy greens, fresh fruits, legumes, liver, and eggs, or are produced in the body by metabolism of folic acid. Folate deficiency during pregnancy can lead to neural tube defects in newborns.
2. Folic acid or any of various derivatives and reduced forms of folic acid.

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Noun1.folate - a B vitamin that is essential for cell growth and reproduction
B complex, B vitamin, B-complex vitamin, vitamin B, vitamin B complex, B - originally thought to be a single vitamin but now separated into several B vitamins
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Results: Mean serum iron, serum ferritin and red cell folate concentrations of breast fed control group were 120.
Folate intake and the risk of prostate cancer: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
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The researchers have focused on vitamin B9, also called folate, found in a range of green leafy vegetables, cereals, fruit and meats, and have discovered that the father's folate levels is very important to the development and health of their offspring.
The term folate is used to include both the forms found in natural foods and synthetic folic acid added to fortify foods.
The Question: Do maternal prenatal folate levels affect the child's emotional and behavioral development at age three years?
We also do not agree with Gamble and Hall's criticism of our blood sample handling, which they appear to have raised because our folate findings were different from theirs (e.
HONOLULU - Low-normal serum folate, at a level between 2 and 7 ng/mL, is associated with an increased risk of depression in diabetes patients, a finding that suggests that, as with other depressed patients, folate supplementation might boost responses to antidepressants.
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In one study, published online April 15, 2010 in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association, researchers found that eating more foods containing the B vitamins folate and B6 was associated with a lower risk of death from stroke and heart disease in women and a lower risk of death from heart failure in men.