Prenatal Health

Folic acid and neural tube defects.

Prenatal Health

Neural tube defects are serious birth defects of the brain or spinal cord that can result in infant mortality or serious disability.  The birth defects anencephaly and spina bifida are the most common forms of neural tube defects and account for about 90% of these defects.  These defects result when the covering of the brain or spinal cord during early embryonic development fails to close.  Because the neural tube forms and closes during early pregnancy, the defect may occur before a woman even realizes that she is pregnant.

Neural tube defects occur in approximately 0.6 of 1,000 live births in the United States, or approximately 2500 cases among 4 million live births annually.  Women who consume healthful diets with adequate folic acid may reduce their risk of having a child with birth defects of the brain or spinal cord.  Folic acid intake should not exceed 1000 mcg (250% DV) daily. 

Folic acid (folate) is an essential B vitamin.  Folate should be consumed as part of a healthful diet.  Sources of folate include fruits, vegetables, whole grain products, fortified cereals and dietary supplements.

Futurebiotics Certified Organic Folic Acid is derived from organic lemon peel extract.  Folic acid plays an important role in prenatal development.*  Each Futurebiotics Certified Organic Folic Acid tablet provides 800 mcg of folic acid, which provides 200% of the recommended daily value. 

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