Most Women Short on Folic Acid

Better Nutrition - - TREND WATCH -

A B vi­ta­min nec­es­sary to pre­vent neu­ral tube de­fects in ba­bies, folic acid is still in short sup­ply among women who may bear chil­dren. In the 15– 44 age group, 75 per­cent of Amer­i­can women don’t get the rec­om­mended daily amount of 400– 800 mcg, ac­cord­ing to the U. S. Pre­ven­tive Ser­vices Task Force, an in­de­pen­dent panel of ex­perts that rec­om­mends women take daily folic acid sup­ple­ments. The crit­i­cal pe­riod for sup­ple­men­ta­tion starts at least one month be­fore con­cep­tion and con­tin­ues through the first 2– 3 months of preg­nancy.

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