The dietary reference intake for folate, or folic acid, is 400 micrograms (mcg) per day. Many people fall short of this goal.
Anemia may result from folate deficiency. For women, folate needs increase during pregnancy, and there is concern that, later in life, the incidence of cervical cancer may increase with folate deficiency. Excessive alcohol consumption increases a person's risk for folate deficiency.
Amount of Folate
1075 mcg (shimmered)
Nuts and Seeds***
up to 450 mcg
* Chicken livers are high in dietary cholesterol.
** Wheat germ is high in calories in large amounts.
*** Nuts and seeds are high in dietary fats and calories.
Reviewed by health care specialists at UCSF Medical Center.
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or health care provider. We encourage you to discuss with your doctor any questions or concerns you may have.
Nutrition Counseling Clinic at Mount Zion
1701 Divisadero St., Fifth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143-0310
Appointments: (415) 353-4174
Office: (415) 353-2291
Fax: (415) 353-2648