America's Compounding Center says the following about Folic Acid:
"Folic Acid, also known as folate or pteroylglutamic acid, is a B vitamin involved in DNA synthesis and the production of red blood cells. In pregnanct women, folic acid is necessary for the development of the baby's spinal cord. Dietary sources of folic acid include green leafy vegetables, beef, eggs, fish, and whole grain cereals. Folic acid deficiency may be due to alcoholism, malabsorption syndromes, genetic and mitochondrial disease, liver disease and certain medications. Symptoms of folic acid deficiency include anemia. fatigue, forgetfulness, headache, and diarrhea. The UMDF recommends a supplemental dose of 1-10 mg of folic acid daily. Folic acid is generally well-tolerated, but high doses may result in side effects such as abdominal pain and diarrhea."