Everything you need to know about Folic Acid
If you're taking a prenatal, you've heard of Folic acid, but why is Folic acid so important while you're pregnant?
1) It helps you make DNA.
2) Folic acid prevents spina bifida
(Which is why most breads are fortified with it... Spina bifida can occur during the first few weeks of pregnancy - before you even know you're pregnant- and why it's imperative to start a prenatal before you become pregnant)
Folic Acid vs. Folate
Folic acid is the supplement form of the naturally occurring vitamin Folate (also known as B-9)
You will need 400-800 mcg of folic acid per day
Taking more than 1000 mcg of folic acid can cause health problems because it can mask a deficit of vitamin B-12.
Folic acid is a supplement, while Folate is a naturally occurring food that you don't need to worry about eating too much of...
Folate can be found in:
Dark leafy greens
Nuts and seeds
Beans, peas, lentils
So, if you're trying to get pregnant, start taking a prenatal vitamin as soon as possible. Don't worry if you haven't been, because most likely you'll have been taking in folate with a healthy diet and folic acid via fortified bread.
Please share this with a friend who is trying to get pregnant! xo