Naming Folic Acid

June 28, 2020

Folate was first isolated from spinach in 1941 and the scientists who purified this new vitamin decided to name it folic acid, from the Latin word for leaf, 'folium'. In 1943, other groups of researchers made the synthetic form which is now referred to as folic acid, which gets converted to the active folate in the body. Both are also known as Vitamin B9.

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