Folic Acid Necessary For Preventing Neural Tube Defects
by: News Canada
(NC)-With June being National Spina Bifida Awareness Month, it's a great opportunity
for Canadians to become educated on the importance of folic acid for healthy infants. In
Canada, it is estimated that four out of every 1,000 children born will have a neural tube
defect, such as spina bifida. Spina bifida occurs when the lower end of the neural tube
fails to close resulting in abnormal growth in the spinal cord and backbone. Most infants
born with this condition survive, although the degree of disability differs. Since many
pregnancies are unplanned, physicians recommend that all women of childbearing age
should take a daily multivitamin containing a minimum of 0.4 milligrams of folic acid to
reduce the risk of spina bifida and other birth defects.

The following tips may help women get enough folic acid and prevent spina bifida and
other neural tube defects:

1. Eat a fortified breakfast cereal that contains folic acid;

2. Eat foods that are high in folic acid, such as dark green leafy vegetables, bananas,
nuts and asparagus. Also, eat foods that are fortified with folic acid, such as certain
breads, rice or pasta;

3. Take a daily multivitamin supplement, such as Centrum Forte® that contains 0.6
milligrams of folic acid.

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This article was posted on August 7, 2002

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