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Doctor insights on: Importance Of Folic Acid For Women

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What is the medical benefit of folic acid for pregnant women?

What is the medical benefit of folic acid for pregnant women?

Prevent Spina Bifida: Folic acid is extremely important during pregnancy to prevent spina bifida, a condition in which the spinal vertebrae do not close properly and the spinal cord is not protected. There are several types of spina bifida, all of which can be prevented with folic acid. Folic acid is also important for making dna and development of the neurological system - especially the spinal cord and vertebrae. ...Read more

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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


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What are the benefits of folic acid for baby?

What are the benefits of folic acid for baby?

Prevent spine defect: 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 more

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Do prenatal vitamins contain enough amount of folic acid or I should take additional folic acid for the health of the baby?

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

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My daily prenatal vitamins have 800mcg of folic acid and 8mcg of b12. Is that sufficient? It's the equaline brand.

Should be but...: 800 mcg of Folic Acid should be fine, though if you are among the 1/3 of people that have trouble converting Folic Acid to the active form, l-5-mthf, you might consider supplementing with 1 mg of l-5-mthf (only a blood tests tells for sure). The rda of B12 is only 2.6 mcg so 8 mcg should be ok, though if you are vegan you could take higher amounts to be safe. For most, what you are on is fine. ...Read more

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Will a multivitamin containing 400 mcg of folic acid interfere with the efficacy of l-methylfolate as an ssri adjunct for a homozygous tt mthfr?

Will a multivitamin containing 400 mcg of folic acid interfere with the efficacy of l-methylfolate as an ssri adjunct for a homozygous tt mthfr?

Not at all: The homozygous mthfr mutation limits your cells' ability to activate the dietary Folic Acid and the Folic Acid in the multivit. The l-methylfolate is the active form of Folic Acid and can go right to work improving your neurotransmitter synthesis. But the mthfr mutations may also interfere with your complete utilization b12, ask you doctor if you need active b12, methylcobalamin, as well. ...Read more

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What is the dose for folic acid for pregnant women?

What is the dose for folic acid for pregnant women?

400 micrograms: The recommendation is to take at least 400 micrograms daily starting 3 months before getting pregnant. Essentially all prenatal vitamins or daily multivitamins have this in it already. ...Read more

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Which people are at high risk for folate (folic acid) deficiency?

Usually poor diet: Typically poor diet in green leafy vegetables can do it. Also patients on the strict atkins with no supplements can get that. But it is difficult with a health diet. ...Read more

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What is the role of folic acid during pregnancy?

Numerous: Taking Folic Acid before getting pregnant & just after pregnancy is as important as maintaining it's use right through 9 months and on into breastfeeding. Folate (folic acid) protects or reduces the chance of many congenital malformations including spina bifida, congenital heart defects, cleft lips, limb defects, & urinary tract abnormalities. May reduce miscarriage and early delivery, placenta changes too. ...Read more

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Which is the best prenatal pills that contains all the important ingredient including folic acid & DHA ( omegas 3) Thanks !! ?

Prenate Essential: This pill has all the essential vitamins and minerals for the prenatal and perinatal periods. it has folic acid, and omega 3 fatty acids as well. Other ingredients also include iodine, vitamin C, vitamin D, Magnesium, Both EPA & DHA ...Read more

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Can i take a regular woman's vitamin like vita-vim for women and a folic acid supplement of 1000mcg while pregnant instead of a prenatal vitamin?

Can i take a regular woman's vitamin like vita-vim for women and a folic acid supplement of 1000mcg while pregnant instead of a prenatal vitamin?

Prenatal vitamins: Its probably ok to do this, but if the issue is the vitamin is too big, ask for a chewable. If it makes you nauseated ask for one that has something in it to help with the nausea or take it at night. In addition talk to your OB about your need of an essential fatty acid called dha, which is good for fetal brain and eye development. ...Read more

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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

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Is folic acid linked to develompent of cancer?

Is folic acid linked to develompent of cancer?

No: It's a vitamin that you need. There's a lot of disinformation about it. If your diet is reasonably mainstream and includes some green leafy vegetables, don't bother to supplement. If not, consider it especially if you have a low folate (folic acid) blood assay. The idea it will give you cancer is contrary to what we know of basic biology. ...Read more

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How many mcg of folic acid one should take in early pregnancy?

In general: taking prenatal vitamin wi 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid is recommended. But you may need higher doses if you or other relatives have had babies with spinal cord defects. ...Read more

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Is folic acid good for the spine in adults?

Is folic acid good for the spine in adults?

Yes: Folic acid does help bone metabolism. Women with the lowest levels of Folic Acid in serum lost more bone than those with higher levels. Calcium is not the critical nutrient for bone health, but a supplement of calcium hydroxyapatite is good. Vitamin d is critical. My usual dose is 2000 iu daily. Choline stabilized orthosilicic acid is as effective as bisphosphonate drugs at decreasing bone loss. ...Read more

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What's difference in taking folate verses folic acid in a supplement?

What's difference in taking folate verses folic acid in a supplement?

Folate (folic acid) better form: Folate (folic acid) is the naturally-occuring form that occurs in foods, whereas Folic Acid is a synthetic form. While Folic Acid is better absorbed, our bodies need to convert it to the active form, l-5-mthf & about 1/3 of people have trouble making this conversion. Excess Folic Acid may be hazardous.See http://blog.Designsforhealth.Com/blog/bid/115121/folic-acid-vs-folate-part-i & my comment for link to pt 2. ...Read more

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Looking for information on B12 and folate (folic acid) deficiency in vegetarians?

Looking for information on B12 and folate (folic acid) deficiency in vegetarians?

B12 deficient common: Being vegetarian may reduce risk of folate (folic acid) deficiency, as the best sources of folate (folic acid) are dark leafy greens, lentils, beans, broccoli & asparagus.However, fruits & vegies generally don't contain b12, so vegetarians are at risk of B12 deficiency.Eggs and dairy products do have b12, but even vegetarians who eat those average less than half the rda of b12. B12 supplements are thus advised. See comment:. ...Read more

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What are the best prenatal over-the-counter that has 1 mg of folic acid?

Look at ingredients: Avoid artificial colors. The best one is one that agrees with you, it is best to start a prenatal before getting pregnant. ...Read more

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Could women get too much folic acid?

Could women get too much folic acid?

Generally NO but...: Folic acid as a water-soluble vitamin has no known toxicity. However, there is evidence that very high doses may interfere with the action of some seizure medicines and thus may provoke seizures in those taking certain anticonvulants. Otherwise there are no known hazards from high Folic Acid intake. See http://ods.Od.Nih.Gov/factsheets/folate. ...Read more

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