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Use: Helps make and sustain new cells; prevents one type of anemia; prevents some birth defects Sources: Dark leafy vegetables, dry beans and peas, fortified cereals and grain products, oranges Deficiency: Birth defects in newborns when a mother is deficient. Doctors stress that you need to discuss folic acid with your physician if you're pregnant or planning to become pregnant. This vitamin has been shown to help produce healthier children at birth.
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