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Health benefits of folic acid go beyond pregnancy

 

Last updated 12/25/2021 at 9:42am

Many foods, like cereals and breads, are fortified with B vitamins so folic acid deficiency no longer is a problem in many countries, according to the Mayo Clinic. Village News/Courtesy photo

FALLBROOK – Women of childbearing age are urged by doctors to maintain ample amounts of folic acid in their bodies through supplementation and consumption of foods with folate. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicated that folate/folic acid is essential to preventing major birth defects of the baby's brain and spine.

Folic acid is not just beneficial for pregnant women and their growing babies. There are several benefits behind this B vitamin.

Folic acid and folate are different. Although the terms folic acid and folate often are used interchangeably, they are not exactly...



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