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’m on birth control pills and I’m not planning on getting pregnant at the moment – why should I take folic acid?
Answer

Folic acid should still be taken even while taking birth control pills because it is known that birth control is not 100% effective. Birth control pills or other methods are not 100% effective in preventing pregnancy. Research shows that 42% of women who used birth control remembered to take their pill daily. This shows that accidents can occur and thus,...


Folic acid is the best prevention against neural tube defects that affect 2 to 4 babies out of 1000. Here’s everything you should know.

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Groundbreaking research published in the journal Cell (September 2013) suggests that folic acid deficiency may have detrimental health consequences for several generations.1 This...

A study led by McGill researcher Sarah Kimmins suggests that the father’s diet before conception may play an equally important role in the health of their offspring. It also raises...

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