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National Folic Acid Awareness Week: Yo Tomo Acido Folico. Y Tu?


The National Council on Folic Acid celebrates National Folic Acid Awareness Week from January 7-13. One thing they stress this year is that Latina women are consuming the least amount of folic acid and, as a result, more latino babies are being born with neural tube defects like spina bifida.

What is folic acid and how can you take more? Folic acid is Vitamin B-9 and green, leafy vegetables, asparagus, lentils and kidney beans are all high in this mighty nutrient. It is a cofactor in cell division - which is why it is so vital during pregnancy when the baby is forming. Most enriched grain and flour products in this country are supplemented with B vitamins. Women of child-bearing age should take a multi-vitamin with folate to prevent birth defects should they become pregnant. Just think about eating a low nutrient diet of junk food or fast food when a baby is forming inside of you. If you want to give that baby every chance to be the strongest, healthiest, most beautiful and intelligent baby it can be - eat healthy and take your vitamins.

Despite the fact that folic acid is widely available and easy to consume, it is estimated that only one third of women of child bearing age in the US are actually taking the recommended daily dose of 400 mcg a day. So do yourself and your loved ones a favor - take folic acid!

Folic acid also plays a role in: preventing cancer, protecting against dementia and stroke.

Thank you chuki for use of photo Mis amores 14.
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