January is Folic Acid Awareness Month
January is folic acid awareness month.
Folic acid is an essential ingredient for our bodies, especially for women of child-bearing age because it can help prevent major birth defects.
Folic acid is also known as Vitamin B9 and is used in our bodies to make new cells.
Because folic acid creates new healthy cells, it is essential for our hair, skin and nails because these parts of the body make new cells everyday.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention urges all child-bearing aged women to take 400 micrograms of folic acid every day, starting at least one month before getting pregnant to help prevent major birth defects of the baby's brain and spine.
Nutritionists say there are two easy ways to make sure you get enough folic acid each day.
First, make sure to eat lots of dark greens, like spinach or broccoli. You can also add citrus fruit or beans, peas or lentils to your meal. They also suggest to check cereal labels to make sure you are getting 100% of the daily value of folic acid that you need.
Second, take a vitamin that has folic acid in it every day if you are not able to include the foods mentioned in your diet.
These are all good ways to make your diet healthy and to make sure your body is receiving the folic acid that it needs.
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