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Most prob­lems arise in this de­fi­ciency if a wo­man con­ceives ei­ther on the pill or im­me­di­ately af­ter com­ing off it, when the body is still recovering its folate stores. Folate is re­quired by the body to fa­cil­i­tate cell divi­sion (a process that be­gins im­me­di­ately af­ter con­cep­tion) and de­fi­cien­cies re­sult in greater risk of ab­nor­mal syn­the­sis of DNA and con­gen­i­tal ab­nor­mal­i­ties. De­fi­ciency can also lead to dam­age to the wall of the small in­tes­tine, anaemia and el­e­vated ho­mo­cys­teine lev­els, which have been as­so­ci­ated with heart dis­ease, var­i­ous gy­ne­co­log­i­cal con­di­tions and re­peated mis­car­riage. Folate-rich whole foods in­clude dark leafy greens, as­para­gus, broc­coli, cit­rus fruits, beans, peas, lentils and av­o­cado.

Dark leafy greens like kale can help re­store vi­ta­mins

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