Folic Acid Awareness Week
Folic Acid Awareness Week, observed from January 8 - 14, is a time to increase awareness about the role of folic acid. The CDC urges women to take 400 mcg of folic acid every day, starting at least one month prior to getting pregnant, and during pregnancy, to help prevent major birth defects of the baby's brain and spine (anencephaly and spina bifida).
There are two easy ways to be sure to get enough folic acid each day. The first is to take a vitamin each day that contains folic acid. Most multivitamins sold in the United States have the amount of folic acid women need each day, which is 400 micrograms (mcg). Women can also choose to take a small pill (supplement) that purely contains folic acid. The second way is to eat a bowl of breakfast cereal daily that has 100% of the required daily value of folic acid. Not every cereal has this amount. Check the label on the side of the box, and look for one that has “100%” next to the folic acid nutrition information.
Folic Acid Awareness Week Sponsor: National Council on Folic Acid
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