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Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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Folic Acid Supplements (Overview)

There are many ways to get the folic acid your body needs. It is available in folic acid tablets, multivitamins, fortified breads, rice, pastas, and cereals. While many of these fortified foods contain about 10% of the daily RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance), a few cereals contain a full day's supply of folic acid. It is also possible to get enough folic acid by eating large amounts of liver, dark-green leafy vegetables, citrus fruits, whole grains, and dried beans and peas.


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What about folic acid supplement--how much to take and when if ttc?

What about folic acid supplement--how much to take and when if ttc?

Take 1 mg daily.: 1-5 mg daily can be safely consumed (and costs next to nothing). If you are a reproductive age woman, take closer to the 5 mg dose for at least 3-12 months before conception to prevent preterm birth, open neural tube defects and cardiac anomalies in your offspring. ...Read more

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Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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Folic Acid Supplements (Overview)

There are many ways to get the folic acid your body needs. It is available in folic acid tablets, multivitamins, fortified breads, rice, pastas, and cereals. While many of these fortified foods contain about 10% of the daily RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance), a few cereals contain a full day's supply of folic acid. It is also possible to get enough folic acid by eating large amounts of liver, dark-green leafy vegetables, citrus fruits, whole grains, and dried beans and peas.


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Does taking folic acid supplements lower homocystene levels?

Does taking folic acid supplements lower homocystene levels?

Partly: High homocysteine is commonly due to methylation insufficiency. Folate (folic acid) is just one cog in the machinery. Other factors include magnesium, b12, zinc, b6. Lead toxicity can impair methylation. Use the best active form of folate (folic acid) which is l-methylfolate (folic acid). ...Read more

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Is it safe to take a folic acid supplement along with a regular multivitamin?

Is it safe to take a folic acid supplement along with a regular multivitamin?

Yes!: Yes, it is often taken in addition. Some women at high risk of certain birth defects are advised to take even higher doses of Folic Acid to decrease the risk. The vitamin is water soluble so any extra will wash out of the body easily. There are no harmful risks even in pregnancy. Only benefits. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of folic acid supplement?

Cramp diarrhea: High doses of Folic Acid might cause abdominal cramps, diarrhea, rash, sleep disorders, irritabilit, confusion, nausea, stomach upset, behavior changes, skin reactions, seizures, gas, and excitability. Folic acid in 800-1200mcg might increase the risk of heart attack in people who have heart problems. Dont take more than 400mcg a day unless directed by your healthcare provider. ...Read more

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Who needs to take folic acid supplements?

Who needs to take folic acid supplements?

All fertile women: All women of childbearing age who are at risk for pregnancy should be taking, or at least should consider starting, a Folic Acid supplement. A minimum daily dose of 400mg is advisable. This should be increased to 1000mg in women above 35, or for women taking certain medications, such as valproic acid. This reduces the risk of neural tube defects, such as spina bifida, in a newborn baby. ...Read more

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Can taking a folic acid supplement help dry skin?

Can taking a folic acid supplement help dry skin?

No.: Buy a good emollient lotion (keri, lubriderm, aveeno, (oatmeal) neutrogena, whatever), and apply after you bathe, while your skin is still moist. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of folic acid supplement?

Cramp diarrhea: High doses of Folic Acid might cause abdominal cramps, diarrhea, rash, sleep disorders, irritabilit, confusion, nausea, stomach upset, behavior changes, skin reactions, seizures, gas, and excitability. Folic acid in 800-1200mcg might increase the risk of heart attack in people who have heart problems. Dont take more than 400mcg a day unless directed by your healthcare provider. ...Read more

Folic Acid (Definition)

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


Dr. Randy Baker
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Supplements (Definition)

A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while ...Read more