FOLIC ACID

What All Women Should Know

Because many pregnancies are unplanned, all women who could become pregnant should take a daily multivitamin containing 0.4mg (400mcg) of folic acid.    

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Question of the Month


I’ve heard that some countries have mandatory fortification programs for unplanned pregnancies. What are the benefits of this and why do other countries avoid introducing the same program?
Answer

Many countries have implemented a mandatory fortification program, including Canada and America. This program was implemented in Canada in 1998 with the intention to lower the risk of NTDs among pregnant women. About 150 mcg of synthetic folic acid was added to 100 g of Canadian cereal grains and this initiative is estimated to provide women with 0.1-0.2...


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