Effects of deficiency

Human Nutrition 3(3+0)
Lesson 30 : Folic Acid

Effects of deficiency

The most important deficiency syndrome in man due to folic acid deficiency is the development of megaloblastic anaemia. Symptoms include:

A deficiency of folic acid limits cell function (cell division and protein synthesis) and affects the normal growth and repair of all cells and tissues in the body.

The tissues that have the fastest rate of cell replacement are affected first. In pregnancy, deficiency of folic acid may result in neural tube defects in the new born.

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