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Friday, September 26, 2008

Folic Acid

Anonymous said...
THE CRUCIAL NUTRIENT ALL WOMEN NEED

Folic acid is important - so much so that the government started fortifying cereals and breads with it in 1998. But new research reported in the American Journal of Public Health found that only an alarming 39 percent of white women, 29 percent of African-American women and 28 percent of Mexican-American women are getting the recommended daily 400 micrograms of the nutrient.

"Folic acid is critical for the development of a healthy baby." Waiting until you get pregnant to sgtart increasing your intake may be too late to be effective. Studies also show that folic acid cn help reduce a woman's risk of heart disease as well as breast and colon cancer.
While it's possible to get the RDA through food(orange juice, spinish and whole-grain cereals are all excellent sources),this would require an almost perfect diet - and most of us are not perfect. My advice: Take a daily multivitamin for good-health insurance.

July 3, 2008 10:39 AM

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