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


What is "synthetic" folic acid?
Answer

A: Synthetic folic acid is the simple, man-made form of the B vitamin folate. Folic acid is found in most multivitamins and has been added in Canadian and in the U.S. to certain foods in order to enrich them; e.g., bread, pasta, rice and breakfast cereals. The terms “folic acid” and “synthetic folic acid” mean the same thing.

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