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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.
Researchers receive $8.3 million NIH grant to illuminate the causes of spina bifida

Researchers receive $8.3 million NIH grant to illuminate the causes of spina bifida

Doctors propose ways to reduce obstetrical complications in women with endometriosis

Doctors propose ways to reduce obstetrical complications in women with endometriosis

Diet and folic acid can influence pregnancy outcomes

Diet and folic acid can influence pregnancy outcomes

High levels of folic acid during pregnancy could harm brain development of embryos

High levels of folic acid during pregnancy could harm brain development of embryos

Vitamin E is essential for proper growth of nervous system

Vitamin E is essential for proper growth of nervous system

Scientists detect emergence and spread of artemisinin-resistant malaria parasites in Rwanda

Scientists detect emergence and spread of artemisinin-resistant malaria parasites in Rwanda

Study shows high folate levels associated with improved cognition in older adults

Study shows high folate levels associated with improved cognition in older adults

Study reveals biochemical alterations in patients with Lesch-Nyhan disease

Study reveals biochemical alterations in patients with Lesch-Nyhan disease

High prenatal choline levels may mitigate negative effects of COVID-19 on newborns

High prenatal choline levels may mitigate negative effects of COVID-19 on newborns

Graphene-based nanomedicine enables targeted cancer treatment at molecular level

Graphene-based nanomedicine enables targeted cancer treatment at molecular level

Study: Antioxidant supplements do not improve semen quality among men with infertility

Study: Antioxidant supplements do not improve semen quality among men with infertility

U.S. medical panel thinks twice about pushing cognitive screening for dementia

U.S. medical panel thinks twice about pushing cognitive screening for dementia

Autism in young boys linked to phthalate exposure before birth

Autism in young boys linked to phthalate exposure before birth

Low folate levels associated with malnutrition in hospital patients

Low folate levels associated with malnutrition in hospital patients

Acid reflux drug may be a promising therapy to reduce preterm birth

Acid reflux drug may be a promising therapy to reduce preterm birth

New technology enhances visualization of lung cancer tissue, helps improve patient outcomes

New technology enhances visualization of lung cancer tissue, helps improve patient outcomes

New study finds zinc and folic acid supplements are ineffective at improving male fertility

New study finds zinc and folic acid supplements are ineffective at improving male fertility

Zinc and folic acid supplements fail to improve fertility in men

Zinc and folic acid supplements fail to improve fertility in men

Combination treatment reduces breast cancer development in mice

Combination treatment reduces breast cancer development in mice

Review: Benefits, safety of fortifying wheat or maize flour with folic acid and health outcomes

Review: Benefits, safety of fortifying wheat or maize flour with folic acid and health outcomes