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Why is folic acid good for you?

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If there's a chance you'll become pregnant or are pregnant, this is particularly important. Folic acid is the synthetic form of the B vitamin folate. Once you conceive, folic acid and folate, the natural form, help protect your baby against neural tube defects (and possibly cleft lip or palate) during the first 30 days.

SOURCES: Hillary M. Wright, MEd, RD, LDN, nutritionist, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston. Marisa Moore, RD, spokeswoman, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. National Institute of Medicine. U. S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service. National Academies Press: "Dietary Reference Intakes for Energy, Carbohydrate, Fiber, Fat, Fatty Acids, Cholesterol, Protein, and Amino Acids;" "Dietary Reference Intakes for Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Vitamin D, Fluoride;" "Dietary Reference Intakes for Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Vitamin B12, Pantothenic Acid, Biotin, and Choline;" "Dietary Reference Intakes for Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Selenium and Carotenoids;" "Dietary Reference Intakes for Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Arsenic, Boron, Chromium, Copper, Iodine, Iron, Manganese, Molybdenum, Nickel, Silicon, Vanadium, and Zinc;" and "Dietary Reference Intakes for Water, Potassium, Sodium and Chloride." National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements: "Iron" and "Vitamin D." Uptodate.com: “Patient information: High-fiber diet (Beyond the Basics),” Arnold Wald, MD.  








 

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on June 17, 2018

SOURCES: Hillary M. Wright, MEd, RD, LDN, nutritionist, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston. Marisa Moore, RD, spokeswoman, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. National Institute of Medicine. U. S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service. National Academies Press: "Dietary Reference Intakes for Energy, Carbohydrate, Fiber, Fat, Fatty Acids, Cholesterol, Protein, and Amino Acids;" "Dietary Reference Intakes for Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Vitamin D, Fluoride;" "Dietary Reference Intakes for Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Vitamin B12, Pantothenic Acid, Biotin, and Choline;" "Dietary Reference Intakes for Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Selenium and Carotenoids;" "Dietary Reference Intakes for Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Arsenic, Boron, Chromium, Copper, Iodine, Iron, Manganese, Molybdenum, Nickel, Silicon, Vanadium, and Zinc;" and "Dietary Reference Intakes for Water, Potassium, Sodium and Chloride." National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements: "Iron" and "Vitamin D." Uptodate.com: “Patient information: High-fiber diet (Beyond the Basics),” Arnold Wald, MD.  








 

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on June 17, 2018

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