Folic Acid: What you Need to Know
Hey there, girlfriend! If you’re already a mama or currently pregnant then you’ve probably heard a bit about the importance of consuming enough folate/folic acid during your pregnancy. We definitely touch on it in our Pregnancy Prep Program! But did you know that everyone needs it in their diet?
It’s no secret that folate/folic acid plays a very important role in pregnancy by lowering the risk that a baby will be born with a brain or spinal-cord defect. Outside of pregnancy, folate/folic acid:
helps our bodies make new cells
works with Vitamin B12 to prevent anemia
minimizes changes in DNA that could lead to cancer
protects against heart disease
Women between 14-30 years old and people with nutrient absorption issues like IBS and Celiac have a greater chance of not getting enough folate/folic acid. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to increase folate/folic acid consumption and meet the recommendation without relying completely on supplements!
Folate (the naturally occurring form) can be found in fruits especially avocados and oranges. It is also found in fruit juices, beans, peas, lentils, nuts and peanuts. Dark leafy vegetables, asparagus and Brussel sprouts are also a good source of folate!
Enriched grain products such as cereal, bread, crackers, flour, pasta and rice are fortified with the synthetic form. If you are reluctant to consume the synthetic form, don’t be! Folic acid is actually easier for the body to absorb than the naturally occurring folate. One note of caution, many whole grain products are NOT fortified with folic acid so be sure to check the nutrition facts and choose accordingly!
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