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January 8-14, 2017 is Folic Acid Awareness Week!
Folic acid is a B-vitamin that is necessary for proper cell growth. If taken before and during early pregnancy, folic acid can prevent up
to 70% of some serious birth defects of the brain and spine, called neural tube defects.
The CDC and the U.S. Public Health Service recommend that all women between the ages of 15 and 45 consume 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid daily to prevent two types of neural tube defects, spina bifida and anencephaly. Women who could possibly become pregnant can consume 400 mcg of folic acid every day by:
- taking a daily multi-vitamin containing folic acid, and
- eating fortified foods like grains, pastas, or breakfast cereals.
How much do you know about folic acid? Test your knowledge and take the quiz!
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