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Why Women Should Take Folic Acid, Not Folate

PHOTOGRAPH: Twitter/MayoChildren's Center | Women should take foic acid even if they are not pregnant. Photo Credit: Twitter/MayoChildren’s Center

Contrary to what other people think, Folate and Folic Acid are two different things, but not so far apart.  You are not alone if you though both are the same things.  In fact, most medical professionals, nutritionists and health practitioners thought so too.  

Folate is also known as Vitamin B9.  They are abundant in natural food such as asparagus, broccoli, citrus fruits, avocados, beans and a lot more.  Folic Acid, on the other hand, is the synthetic form of Folate.  They come in a supplement form and sometimes in processed food.  Misuse of the terms, folate and folic acid, has happened many times over.  

Folic Acid benefits you need to know

The most common vitamins, supplements, probiotics, antibiotics or Vitamin C sold in the supermarkets are often useless and even deemed dangerous.  But, there is one supplement that is good for you and beneficial for women who wants to get pregnant-Folic Acid.  Folic Acid supplements help in the developing child during pregnancy, reports ScienceAlert.

The US Preventive Task Force, an independent panel of health experts, urge women to take Folic Acid.  More so, for those who do not have plans to start a family anytime soon.  This is because women are not able to get enough amounts of Folate from the food they eat.  In the future, this special kind of vitamin B can, actually, help lessen the risk of neural tube defects at birth.

Experts believe that a woman should take folic acid of 0.4 to 0.8 milligrams regularly.  It’s important that even non-pregnant women should do so as well.  According to Julia Belluz, in an interview with Vox, that the US has a majority of unplanned pregnancies.  

She added, there is a large number of newborn babies that are deficient in folic acid, too.  This theory has had enough scientific evidence that proves folic acid is important.  Thousands who participated in the experiment, believes that the benefits of folic acid supplementation far outweigh its dangers.  

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