Folate is a naturally occurring B vitamin (folic acid is the synthetic form).
Folate and folic acid can not only prevent anemia during pregnancy, but they can also help produce and maintain new cells. These two reasons are why it is essential to take folic acid before and during pregnancy. Take 500 micrograms daily if you are pregnant and for all other adults the recommended DV is 400 micrograms.
Foods naturally high in folate are: leafy green vegetables like spinach and turnip greens (don't toss the greens when cooking with turnips you can sauté them with garlic just like spinach), citrus fruits and juices, as well as dried beans and peas. Since 1998, folic acid has been added to enriched grain products like breads and cereals. Many fortified cereals contain 100 percent of your daily folate needs.