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Folic acid is a B vitamin. It helps the body make healthy new cells. Everyone needs folic acid. For women who may get pregnant, it is really important. When a woman has enough folic acid in her body before and during pregnancy, it can prevent major birth defects of her baby's brain or spine.

Foods with folic acid in them include leafy green vegetables, fruits, dried beans, peas and nuts. Enriched breads, cereals and other grain products also contain folic acid. If you don't get enough folic acid from the foods you eat, you can also take it as a dietary supplement.
How does early life diet affect a child's mental health and personality?

How does early life diet affect a child's mental health and personality?

New imaging agent lights the way for surgeons during lung cancer surgery

New imaging agent lights the way for surgeons during lung cancer surgery

Researchers identify micronutrient supplementation to reduce cardiovascular risk

Researchers identify micronutrient supplementation to reduce cardiovascular risk

Food supplement recommendations during pregnancy not always adhered to in practice

Food supplement recommendations during pregnancy not always adhered to in practice

Prenatal exposure to high-dose folic acid linked to cancer risk in children of mothers with epilepsy

Prenatal exposure to high-dose folic acid linked to cancer risk in children of mothers with epilepsy

Supplementary folic acid associated with higher risk of COVID-19 diagnosis and mortality

Supplementary folic acid associated with higher risk of COVID-19 diagnosis and mortality

Mandatory fortification of flour with folic acid has potential to prevent neural tube defects

Mandatory fortification of flour with folic acid has potential to prevent neural tube defects

Vitamin B12, folic acid supplements could potentially halt or reverse advanced form of fatty liver disease

Vitamin B12, folic acid supplements could potentially halt or reverse advanced form of fatty liver disease

Exploring association of fetal and infant weight growth patterns with impaired arterial health

Exploring association of fetal and infant weight growth patterns with impaired arterial health

East African newborns nearly five times more likely to have neural tube defects

East African newborns nearly five times more likely to have neural tube defects

Vitamins are a waste of money for non-pregnant and healthy Americans, scientists say

Vitamins are a waste of money for non-pregnant and healthy Americans, scientists say

Maternity Disparities Taskforce focuses on supporting women’s health before and during pregnancy

Maternity Disparities Taskforce focuses on supporting women’s health before and during pregnancy

Inexpensive daily diet supplementation in pregnancy can reduce complications at birth, study shows

Inexpensive daily diet supplementation in pregnancy can reduce complications at birth, study shows

COVID-19 may affect a group of biochemical reactions called one-carbon metabolism

COVID-19 may affect a group of biochemical reactions called one-carbon metabolism

Serum folate deficiency in older people may be associated with heightened dementia and death risks

Serum folate deficiency in older people may be associated with heightened dementia and death risks

Study suggests folic acid supplementation linked to increased risk for COVID-19 diagnosis

Study suggests folic acid supplementation linked to increased risk for COVID-19 diagnosis

Folic acid-like drug reprograms DNA methylome of aggressive brain tumors

Folic acid-like drug reprograms DNA methylome of aggressive brain tumors

Researchers use machine learning to shed light on genetic mutations linked with spina bifida

Researchers use machine learning to shed light on genetic mutations linked with spina bifida

Maternal anemia during pregnancy may increase risk of childhood anemia

Maternal anemia during pregnancy may increase risk of childhood anemia

Analysis: Keto diets place pregnant women and kidney disease patients at risk of adverse health effects

Analysis: Keto diets place pregnant women and kidney disease patients at risk of adverse health effects