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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.
Women delay AIDS with vitamins B, C and E

Women delay AIDS with vitamins B, C and E

Virginia Health urges women of childbearing age to take folic acid

Virginia Health urges women of childbearing age to take folic acid

Multivitamins with 0.4 - 0.8 mg of folic acid are best in birth defect prevention

Multivitamins with 0.4 - 0.8 mg of folic acid are best in birth defect prevention

Folic acid important before pregnancy

Folic acid important before pregnancy

A genetic variant (MTHFR C677T) puts half the population at increased risk of neural tube defects

A genetic variant (MTHFR C677T) puts half the population at increased risk of neural tube defects

25% of women in many countries voluntarily take folic acid tablets before conception

25% of women in many countries voluntarily take folic acid tablets before conception

Two serious birth defects in the U. S. are on the decline

Two serious birth defects in the U. S. are on the decline

Black women with high blood pressure during pregnancy have higher homocysteine levels

Black women with high blood pressure during pregnancy have higher homocysteine levels

20% of worldwide population lack enough zinc in diet

20% of worldwide population lack enough zinc in diet

Spina bifida on the decline

Spina bifida on the decline

Breast feeding increases choline which means more brain cells

Breast feeding increases choline which means more brain cells