Folic acid is a vitamin we talk about almost to death here at P&B, but there's a good reason for...
Folic acid is a vitamin we talk about almost to death here at P&B, but there's a good reason for that. We've known for years that folic acid protects babies against neural tube defects - birth defects of the spine and brain. But now baby-protecting folic acid is getting some more attention as new research shows it also may prevent premature birth and heart defects. Although folic acid has clear benefits, getting enough, and the right amount can be confusing. Following are some rules: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) along with the U.S. Public Health Service recommends that all women of childbearing age need to take 400 micrograms (400 mcg) of synthetic folic acid every day. Newer recommendations state that all women should take folic acid for one year before conceiving to ensure the healthiest pregnancy and baby possible. Technically if you are a women of childbearing age the BEST time to start taking folic acid is TODAY. Because many pregnancies are unplanned, it's important that you get enough folic acid, even if you aren't planning on a baby - surprises do happen. It's easy to get enough folic acid with just a little planning. Cereal, a supplement, and a healthy diet are key, but you don't need to plan some elaborate diet plan simply to get enough. Learn how you can get plenty of folic acid.

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