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WebMD refers to folic acid as a “pregnancy superhero!” Folic Acid, also known as folate, is one of the B vitamins. It has an essential role in preventing neural tube (brain and spine) defects that can occur very early in fetal development. It’s hard to get all the folic acid you need (400 micrograms) each day so taking a vitamin that has folic acid is best during the childbearing years. Pregnant women and those planning to get pregnant should take prenatal vitamins every day.

Even if you don’t plan to get pregnant anytime soon, it’s just a healthy habit to start taking a daily multivitamin with folic acid. Folic acid is also necessary for the production of red blood cells and protein. The NIH (National Institutes of Health) recommends that all adults take 400 mcg of folic acid every day. In our stressful and often busy world it can be challenging to eat a balanced diet so a multivitamin can help you get the minerals and vitamins you need.

Consistently following a balanced diet every day including eating cereals fortified with folic acid is a wonderful, although a bit time consuming way to stay healthy. In addition, there are several gummy vitamins available that are great alternatives to taking a pill.

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