Folic Acid Awareness Week

January 6 through 12th is National Folic Acid Awareness Week. Adequate folic acid intake is important for the prevention of birth defects.

Folic Acid

Folic acid is a B-vitamin that is necessary for proper cell growth. If taken before and during early pregnancy from a multi-vitamin or fortified foods, folic acid can prevent from 50% up to 70% of some forms of serious birth defects of the brain and spine.

Experts recommend that women who could possibly become pregnant should take 400 micrograms of synthetic folic acid daily, from:

  • fortified foods like grains, pastas, or breakfast cereals,
  • daily multi-vitamin, and
  • eat a variety of foods as part of a healthy diet.

The easiest way to be sure to get the recommended daily amount of folic acid is to take a multi-vitamin every day. Pinnanclife-Products-062212-_DSC3949_Select

About folic acid: Folic acid is a B vitamin. Our bodies use it to make new cells. Everyone needs folic acid.


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