Folic Acid Every Day For Good Health
DID YOU KNOW? Taking 400 micrograms of the vitamin Folic Acid is known to reduce the risk of the birth defect Spina Bifida by up to 70%!
What is folic acid? Folic acid is a B vitamin that is needed to make healthy new cells. Folic acid is water-soluble, which means it does not stay in the body for very long, so it needs to be taken every day.
What does folic acid do? Folic acid helps make healthy new cells. It is most important when building lots of new cells, like before and during pregnancy. It can help to prevent birth defects such as spina bifida, cleft lip and palate and some heart defects if taken regularly before and during pregnancy.
Who needs folic acid? It is most important for any woman who could possibly become pregnant. However, every woman and young adult needs folic acid for the healthy new cells her body makes every day, even if she is not planning on getting pregnant.
How much folic acid should be taken? The recommended daily value for folic acid is 400 mcg (0.4 mg) every day.
Where can I get folic acid? There are two easy ways to get folic acid: (1) Take a multivitamin that includes folic acid every day or take a folic acid pill, and (2) eat foods, such as cereals and vegetables, that contain folic acid.
What types of food are high in folic acid? Many breakfast cereals have all the folic acid you need (check the nutrition label.) In addition, many whole grain foods, fruits and vegetables are folate-rich:
*Broccoli *Most nuts *Asparagus
*Whole Grain Bread *Bananas *Avocado
*Peas * Enriched Pasta or Rice
*Dark leafy greens *Tomatoes
*Okra *Wheat Germ