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Why are folic acid and calcium so important for women?

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Folate (or folic acid) helps support growth and development and prevents certain birth defects. Calcium is not only important to bone health but also overall health.

The recommended level of daily folate intake in women is 400 micrograms daily. In terms of daily calcium requirements, women aged 11-24 need 1,200 to 1,500 milligrams; age 24 to 50, 1,000 milligrams; after age 50, 1,000 milligrams if you are taking hormone replacement therapy, and 1,500 milligrams if you are not. Women should also get adequate amounts of vitamin D to help the body use calcium.

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