Vitamin B9 is also referred to as folate when it’s found in natural food sources, but is called folic acid when it’s been manufactured into vitamin B9 supplements.
The body requires vitamin B9 to help manufacture healthy red blood cells. Pregnant women, or those trying to conceive are recommended to take a folic acid supplement as it also helps to prevent neural tube defects such as in the condition spina bifida, in unborn babies.
Peas, broccoli, cabbage, spinach, brussels sprouts and chickpeas are all good natural sources of folate. Some breakfast cereals are also fortified with the B vitamins.