Folic Acid - An Overview
by: Whitney Lasseter
Folic Acid, also know as Vitamin B9, assists in preventing certain birth defects of the
spinal cord and brain known as neural tube defects (NTDs). Without a sufficient amount
of Folic Acid the cells that form the baby’s brain and spine become deficient resulting in
spina bifida (open spine) or anencephaly (undeveloped brain). There are over 4,000
births defects annually as a direct result of insufficient Folic Acid in the Mother’s body.
Folic Acid should be taken prior to conception since these births defects begin in the first
month of pregnancy. Folic Acid also helps prevent other birth defects such as cleft
palate, low birth weight and helps in the production of additional red blood cells needed
to support the growth of the fetus. Other studies have show that Folic Acid helps in the
prevention of heart disease, stroke and anemia. The Center for Disease Control
recommends that all women of childbearing age consume 400 micrograms of Folic Acid
daily and that once pregnancy is confirmed increase to 800 micrograms daily. The
normal diet does not provide a sufficient amount of Folic Acid so supplementation is
required.

Prenatal Blessings provides prenatal diet and nutrition products especially formulated to
meet the increased nutritional needs of Moms2B including their Oatmeal/Raisin Cookie
fortified with Folic Acid.

Whitney Lasseter
Nutrition for Moms2B



About The Author


Whitney Lasseter is a 25 year old Mother of Two and the Founder of Blessings, LLC -
Nutrition for Moms2B

blessingsllc@aol.com

This article was posted on March 24, 2005



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