Folic acid (pteroylglutamic acid) is a yellow, crystalline, water-soluble substance (mol. wt 441). It is the parent compound of a large family of folate compounds. Pteroylglutamic acid consists of three parts: pteridine, para-aminobenzoate and L-glutamic acid (Figure 5.8). It is only a minor component of normal food folates (probably less than 1%), which differ from it in three respects (Figure 5.8): (i) they are partly or completely reduced at
Figure 5.8 The structure of folic acid (pteroylglutamic acid).
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