Folic acid is a B vitamin. It helps the body make healthy new cells. Everyone needs folic acid. For women who may get pregnant, it is really important. Getting enough folic acid before and during pregnancy can prevent major birth defects of her baby's brain or spine.
Foods with folic acid in them include
- Leafy green vegetables
- Dried beans, peas, and nuts
- Enriched breads, cereals and other grain products
If you don't get enough folic acid from the foods you eat, you can also take it as a dietary supplement.
NIH: National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements
- Facts about Folic Acid (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Also in Spanish
- Folate (National Institutes of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements) Also in Spanish
- Folic Acid (Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's Health) Also in Spanish
- Folic Acid Questions and Answers (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Also in Spanish
- Folic Acid Supplements: Can They Slow Cognitive Decline? (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
- Genetics Home Reference: cerebral folate transport deficiency (National Library of Medicine)
- Genetics Home Reference: hereditary folate malabsorption (National Library of Medicine)
Statistics and Research
- Folic Acid: Data and Statistics (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- ClinicalTrials.gov: Folic Acid Deficiency (National Institutes of Health)
Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Neurotoxicity after high-dose methotrexate (MTX) is adequately explained by insufficient...
- Article: Meta-analysis of folic acid efficacy trials in stroke prevention: Insight...
- Article: Effect of 12-month intervention with lipid-based nutrient supplement on the...
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