Folic Acid

Folic Acid, or Folate is a vitamin most commonly recommended for not only those who are pregnant, but those who are looking to become pregnant. The earlier you get more of this vitamin the lower the chances that your child will develop a neural tube defect, most commonly Spina Bifida, pre-mature babies and brain defects. Having a reserve of this vitamin already built up in your system before you even become pregnant is a bonus.

In addition to taking a Folic Acid supplement you can find this vitamin in a variety of easy to find and affordable foods such as:

– leafy green vegetables
– whole grains
– egg yolks
– nuts
– spinach
– cabbage
– dried beans
– potatoes
– lentils
– beetroot

As of July 2010, Health Canada advises that women who are pregnant or are looking to become pregnant should take a Folic Acid supplement and ensure they are eating a folic acid rich diet.

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