Recently, the topic of folic acid and sulfuric acid has become a hot topic of conversation among the public and has gone viral on social media. What do you think is the difference between folic acid and sulfuric acid that has made the public excited? Come on, take a look at the following review, Beauties!
Talking about folic acid and sulfuric acid, of course they are two different compounds, but are often thought to be the same. Both have differences in terms of function and impact on the human body.
Folic acid is a water-soluble vitamin, and is good for the body to consume. Meanwhile, sulfuric acid is often used in the chemical industry and is a mineral substance that is corrosive.
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Quoting from the WebMD page, folic acid is a form of vitamin B9 which is used to treat and prevent pregnancy complications. Someone who is pregnant should take folic acid to prevent serious birth defects such as spina bifida.
Folic acid is also used for many other conditions including depression, stroke, and decreased memory and thinking ability. Not only that, folic acid is also used to prevent and treat low blood folate levels (folate deficiency) and high blood homocysteine levels (hyperhomocysteinemia)
Besides that, many foods also contain folic acid. Since 1989, folic acid has been added to cold cereals, flour, bread, pasta, pastries, and crackers, as federally required.
There are also various types of foods that are naturally rich in folate. These include leafy vegetables, okra, asparagus, certain fruits, nuts, mushrooms, animal liver and kidneys, orange juice, and tomato juice.
Not only that, folic acid is also available as a supplement and is often used in combination with other B vitamins.
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Meanwhile, sulfuric acid is a mineral substance that is often used in the chemical industry. Remember, it’s not nutrients that the body needs, Beauties!
As stated on the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water Australian Government website, sulfuric acid is said to be the industrial chemical with the largest volume in the world.
The main use of sulfuric acid is in the production of phosphate fertilizers. It is used to produce explosives, other acids, dyes, glues, wood preservatives, and car batteries.
Sulfuric acid is also used in petroleum refining, metal pickling, copper smelting, electroplating, metalworking, and rayon and film production.
Sulfuric acid is highly reactive and corrosive. This substance is soluble in water and ethyl alcohol. Its strong reactivity can ignite organic materials (thin paper, or other flammable materials) if mixed.
This corrosive substance can cause serious injuries to the skin and eyes. In fact, it can cause blindness if exposed. Exposure to sulfuric acid mist can irritate the eyes, nose, throat and lungs, and at higher levels can cause fluid buildup in the lungs (pulmonary edema).
Repeated exposure to sulfuric acid can cause permanent damage to the lungs and teeth. The International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified ‘occupational exposure to strong inorganic acid mists containing sulfuric acid’ as carcinogenic to humans.
So Beauties, that’s the difference between folic acid and sulfuric acid that you need to know. Don’t make the mistake of using these two different compounds, okay? Hope it is useful!
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