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Folic Acid For Babies
Absolutely: Folic acid is a normal component of most prenatal vitamins. An adequate intake of Folic Acid can help prevent neural tube defects which can lead to spinal cord and nervous system problems. Stick to the recommended daily allowance (rda) on the package. Taking too much may lead to other problems. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Folic acid, AKA folate (folic acid) (vit B9), is recommended for all women wanting to get pregnant -- 0.4mg (400mcg) daily, which is important for preventing birth defects like spina bifida. Women w/ a hx these disorders should take 10x that amt daily -- 4mg (4000mcg) through the 3rd month of pregnancy. It won't affect fertility, chances of conception/twins, or periods. ...Read more
Folic acid and pre-natal vitamins does one need to take folic acid in addition to pre-natal vitamins, or should pre-natal vitamins suffice since it already includes folic acid?
Hello. : Hello. Prenatal vitamins are different than regular multiple vitamins in a couple of ways. They have more folic acid, calcium and iron than a regular multiple vitamin. Vitamin a levels are often reduced. Some prenatal vitamins contain folate which is in a more bioavailable form (5-methyltetrahydrofolate). So normally you would not need to add a separate Folic Acid pill with your prenatal vitamin. Take care. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Take vitamins: Folic acid is almost always included in prenatal vitamins because most pregnant women don't get enough of it from just what they eat. Taking folic acid for at least one month prior to conception lowers the risk of neural-tube defects, such as spina bifida, significantly. Recommended dose is 400 micrograms of folic acid every day prior to pregnancy and 600 micrograms when pregnant. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Folate (folic acid) because...: Folic acid is a synthetic chemical. It is better absorbed than folate (folic acid) in foods but our bodies need to convert it to l-5-methyltetrahydrofolate (folic acid) (l-5-mthf), the active form. About 30% of people have genetic problems converting Folic Acid to l-5-mthf so unless you know you don't have that problem (which can be discovered with a blood test) it is safest to take the l-5-mthf form. ...Read more
Lost baby last year due to anencephaly.used multivitamins with folic acid for 1year and 5mg folic acid from 2months.folate levels 477 now.can I plan ?
Risk assessment: I am so sorry for your loss. Im glad to see you are taking the folate (folic acid) supplements. As you know anencephaly is multifactorial, with folate (folic acid) deficiency as well as genetic factors. There is an emerging genetics we are learning about and you certainly want to consider consultation with genetics and see your OB for a visit as well. Best of luck and remember anencephaly is rare. ...Read more
Prenatals have 1mg folic acid. Flour and pasta i eat has added folic acid - can too much be harmful to baby? Link to autism?
NO: There is no harm to taking a prenatal with folic on top of eating foods that are fortified. It is a water soluble vitamin and you will excrete excess which can make your urine bright yellow depending on level of b vitamins you consume. Having adequate Folic Acid levels on board prior to conception offers protection against neural tube and some cardiac defects. High levels do not cause autism. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Do prenatal vitamins contain enough amount of folic acid or I should take additional folic acid for the health of the baby?
Consider L-5MTHF: Prenatal vits. Contain enough Folic Acid for most people but about 1/3 of people have difficulty converting Folic Acid (which is synthetic) to the active form, l-5-methyltetrahydrofolate (l-5-mthf) and 10% can 't convert it at all. A test for the mthfr gene is the only way to know for sure but it doesn't hurt to take 400 mcg of l-5-mthf to be safe and to eat dark leafy greens & other diet sources. ...Read more
Prescribed 1 mg folic acid, take multi-vitamin with 400mg folic acid, plus eat cereal (400mcg folic acid). Is this too much? Why psychiatrist presc?
Co factor: Folic acid, particular some forms which cross the blood-brain barrier, have been show to enhance the effect of antidepressants. It isn't typically toxic because it is water-soluble so you pass out any extra. Deplin is a prescribed form of this, a version of folic acid which gets across the blood-brain barrier. ...Read more
What kind of supplement has activated folate (folic acid) and is typically recommended over Folic Acid suppliments?
Green leafy plants: I'm more of an advocate of getting your vitamins from FOOD, not from a bottle - where the substances within have been processed. Folate (or folic acid) is found naturally in green leafy plants - the name actually derives from 'foliage' or 'leaves'. So I advocate eating fresh veggies/plants. That type of diet also provides different minerals, micronutrients, anti-oxidants, fiber etc. that you need. ...Read more
More than enough: Folic acid, AKA folate (folic acid) (vit B9), is recommended for all women wanting to get pregnant -- 0.4mg (400mcg) daily, which is important for preventing birth defects like spina bifida. Women w/ a hx these disorders should take 10x that amt daily -- 4mg (4000mcg) through the 3rd month of pregnancy. It won't affect fertility, chances of conception/twins, or periods. Can help with anemia. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes.: When supplementing, it is wise to use a multi-vitamin/mineral as well. This is because taking one item, at the exclusion of others, can create a deficiency. For example, when using B12 one should take it along with b-complex so as not to correct one problem but then create another problem somewhere else. Another option is to use an adaptogen or adaptogen complex to correct or prevent deficiencies. ...Read more