National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Present the Following Audio (in English) and Educational Video (In Spanish)
Facts About Folic Acid
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urges women to take 400 mcg of folic acid every day, starting at least one month before getting pregnant, to help prevent major birth defects of the baby’s brain and spine.
About folic acid
Folic acid is a B vitamin. Our bodies use it to make new cells. Everyone needs folic acid.
Why folic acid is so important
How much folic acid a woman needs
400 micrograms (mcg) every day.
When to start taking folic acid
For folic acid to help prevent some major birth defects, a woman needs to start taking it at least one month before she becomes pregnant and while she is pregnant.
Every woman needs folic acid every day, whether she’s planning to get pregnant or not, for the healthy new cells the body makes daily. Think about the skin, hair, and nails. These – and other parts of the body – make new cells each day.
- Download the Article from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Folic Acid May Help Ward Off Stroke in People With High Blood Pressure
SUNDAY, March 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Folic acid — the same nutrient women take in pregnancy to help ward off birth defects — may also help lower stroke risk in people with high blood pressure, a new Chinese study finds.
The findings are intriguing, one U.S. heart health expert said.
“If all that is required to prevent the greatest health threat worldwide is a vitamin, then we need to consider checking patients’ blood levels of folic acid and supplementing if needed,” said Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, a preventive cardiologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. (Read More)