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How can folate (folic acid) prevent birth defects?

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Allison Greco
General Practice
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In brief: Very important

Folate (folic acid) is used by the developing fetus in the formation of the nervous system and spinal cord.
If the fetus does not receive enough folate, (folic acid) it is at risk for defects such as spina bifida, or anencephaly (no head).

In brief: Very important

Folate (folic acid) is used by the developing fetus in the formation of the nervous system and spinal cord.
If the fetus does not receive enough folate, (folic acid) it is at risk for defects such as spina bifida, or anencephaly (no head).
Allison Greco
Allison Greco
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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine

In brief: Help DNA replication

Folic acid is essential for the growth of rapidly dividing cells (a prime example would be fetal cells) as it protects the integrity of genetic information from one cell division to the next.
It can prevent 75-95% of all heart and brain defects and may even be able to prevent preterm birth if taken for 3-12 months before conception. All reproductive age women should be taking 1-5 mg daily!

In brief: Help DNA replication

Folic acid is essential for the growth of rapidly dividing cells (a prime example would be fetal cells) as it protects the integrity of genetic information from one cell division to the next.
It can prevent 75-95% of all heart and brain defects and may even be able to prevent preterm birth if taken for 3-12 months before conception. All reproductive age women should be taking 1-5 mg daily!
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
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