Women Need a Folic Acid Fix
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"Folic acid appears to be an important vitamin that can prevent a certain proportion of birth defects," says expert Alasdair G. W. Hunter, who studies pediatrics and practices as a medical geneticist. Although the major impact is on the neural tube defects, he adds, "it may decrease the rates of certain other malformations." He also says folic acid may play an important role in other aspects of health, such as heart disease, although this remains to be confirmed in studies. Hunter is medical director of the Eastern Ontario Genetics Program at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario.