Ferrous Ascorbate + Folic Acid

Folic acid, sometimes called folate, is a B vitamin (B9) found mostly in leafy green vegetables like kale and
spinach, orange juice, and enriched grains. Repeated studies have shown that women who get 400
micrograms (0.4 milligrams) daily prior to conception and during early pregnancy reduce the risk that their
baby will be born with a serious neural tube defect (a birth defect involving incomplete development of the
brain and spinal cord) by up to 70%.

The most common neural tube defects are spina bifida (an incomplete closure of the spinal cord and spinal
column), anencephaly (severe underdevelopment of the brain), and encephalocele (when brain tissue
protrudes out to the skin from an abnormal opening in the skull). All of these defects occur during the first 28
days of pregnancy usually before a woman even knows she’s pregnant.

That’s why it’s so important for all women of childbearing age to get enough folic acid not just those who are
planning to become pregnant. Only 50% of pregnancies are planned, so any woman who could become
pregnant should make sure she’s getting enough folic acid.

Doctors and scientists still aren’t completely sure why folic acid has such a profound effect on the prevention
of neural tube defects, but they do know that this vitamin is crucial in the development of DNA. As a result,
folic acid plays a large role in cell growth and development, as well as tissue formation.

Getting Enough Folic Acid

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all women of childbearing age —
and especially those who are planning a pregnancy — consume about 400 micrograms (0.4 milligrams) of
folic acid every day. Adequate folic acid intake is very important before conception and at least 3 months
afterward to potentially reduce the risk of having a fetus with a neural tube defect.


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