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Folic Acid: Should you be taking it?

  • Did you know that in the United States each year there are approximately 1,500 babies born with spina bifida,  and about 1,000 born with anencephalic?
  • Did you know that studies have shown that  by taking one  vitamin it can help prevent the above birth defects?
 Folic Acid/Folate is in the B vitamin family and helps the body to produce new healthy cells. Folate is found naturally in some foods,  however most people do not get enough folate in foods alone and therefore have to take folic acid which is a man made form of folate to reach the daily dosage.
 Various studies have shown that taking at least 400 mcg of kosher folic acid before or during the early weeks of pregnancy can help prevent 50% of Neural tube defects (NTDs).

 “The United States Department of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the March of Dimes recommend that all women who are capable of becoming pregnant supplement with 400 mcg folic acid daily. Daily supplementation prior to pregnancy is necessary because most pregnancies in the United States are unplanned and the protective effect of folic acid occurs in the first four weeks of fetal development, before most women know they are pregnant.

 For women who have had a previous NTD-affected pregnancy, the CDC recommends daily supplementation with 400  mcg per day of kosher folic acid. In a preliminary study, this amount of supplemental kosher folic acid before and during early pregnancy resulted in a 71% reduction in the recurrence rate of NTDs.”
Besides being highly effective in preventing birth defects during  pregnancy, folic acid is also taken for various other reasons such as:
· Depression
· Schizophrenia
· Age-Related Cognitive Decline
· Breast Cancer
· And a lot more!!
 So now that you know the reasons to take folic acid is there any reason you shouldn’t?
Do not consume more than 1,000 mcg of folic acid unless recommended by a doctor since folic acid can hide a B12 deficiency. Although B12 deficiencies are rare among women in childbearing age,  for women over 50, studies have shown that B12  deficiency does become a higher risk in those that do not consume meat.

To read more information on folic acid
 Most people can get enough folic acid daily from a multi vitamin or prenatal such as the ones at kosher vitamins, or if you need a higher dosage or want to take an additional amount of kosher folic acid you can view them here: LINK.
 If you have any further questions please feel free to comment or send me an e-mail at Lroth@koshervitamins.com I would love to hear from you!!

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